The Greystone PurePod is set high above the award-winning Greystone vineyard, less than an hour north of Christchurch, right in the heart of the Waipara Valley wine producing region.
With the Teviotdale Hills behind and views up the Waipara Valley across to the Southern Alps, the Greystone PurePod provides a beautiful setting for you to immerse yourself in your own private slice of the New Zealand landscape.
Your journey to the Greystone PurePod starts as soon as you turn into the Greystone vineyard, and pass by the Cellar Door (feel free to stop for a wine tasting or to pick up a bottle of Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Bloc). We also recommend booking the optional guided wine tour which is available from 12:30pm to 2pm weekdays – a perfect start or complete to your Greystone PurePod experience.
The unpaved road winds its way through the vineyard up to the PurePod car parking area – you may even see an occasional flock of sheep in the paddocks between the vines.
From the carpark, you will cross the fence over a stile and follow the walking track as it winds its way through some regenerating native bush. Keep an eye out for cabbage trees (also known as ti kouka) which are one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape. They grow 12-20 metres high, usually have long trunks, with thick and tough cork-like bark. The leaves are long and narrow and are up to 1 metre long. The cabbage tree has lovely scented flowers in early summer, which turn into blue-whitish berries that birds love to eat.
As the track winds its way out of the bush, and makes it way to the Greystone PurePod, you will have views of the Teviotdale Hills to one side and views of the winery and the Waipara Valley to the other side. You may even spot a hawk or a New Zealand falcon spreading its wings before it dives dramatically after its prey.
The Greystone PurePod sits on a spur in a paddock, high above the winery. While you are tucked away in your own private oasis, you have vast views down onto the winery and up the Waipara Valley. Depending on the time of the year, while relaxing on the PurePod deck, you may be able to glimpse workers in the far distance beavering away in the vines removing shoots, managing the foilage wires, picking grapes or pruning.
If you are feeling a little more active, then take advantage of the walking and cycling trails that pass through the Greystone winery and onto and through a number of other wineries and historic farms.
Of course, if such exploration is not quite what you desire, feel free to stretch out on the deck or in the shade nearby and enjoy a complete absence of people and traffic. Comfortable deck chairs are provided, as is the most comfortable bed we can find. The PurePod has all the facilities you require including a fabulous shower, flush toilet, crisp linen, cooking and eating equipment including a gas hob and barbeque, tea coffee and milk; as well as an assortment of games, local reference books, a telescope and a whole lot of nothing to do!
Please note, if you have mobility issues please let us know at time of booking as we may be able to provide an alternative route to the PurePod for you.
Dinner & Breakfast Package
You can either bring your own supplies, or preorder a dinner and breakfast food package when you make your reservation. Made from the best available fresh local seasonal ingredients the evening eating includes a starter, a main (including beef, lamb or venison depending on availability, ready for you to cook yourself on the cooktop or barbeque) and a sweet treat to finish. Breakfast is freshly made muesli with local organic yoghurt. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
While you can walk back out to stock up on supplies, you’ll find that the desire to stay put and relax is overwhelming (plus it’s best not to walk the track in the dark). So please ensure you have enough food and drink to totally indulge the isolation. Perhaps, pick up a bottle or two from the Greystones Cellar Door on your way up to the PurePod.
To include the Dinner & Breakfast Package on your booking, select this option at time of booking your PurePod stay (or let us know after you’ve made your booking and we can add this to your existing booking).
Check in & out
Check in is from 3pm (but please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to walk to the PurePod before dark). Check out is by 12pm on the day of departure. Once you have confirmed your booking, you will receive instructions on how to find your secret slice of paradise.
Greystone Wine Tour
Greystone Wines offers guided tours of the vineyard & winery every weekday for PurePod guests. The tour begins with an expedition into the vineyard. Your personal guide will introduce you to the different varieties grown on the unique soils. You’ll get the chance to taste wines right by the source. You will then head to the winery to see how the wine is made. We won’t give away all the surprises, but you’ll have the opportunity to taste wine straight from the barrel. You will finish your adventure at the private wine tasting den with a tasting of the current release wines and a platter to match.
The tour begins at 12.30pm from Greystone’s Cellar each weekday. Tickets cost $95 per person, which includes a winery and vineyard tour, barrel tasting and artisan platter. To include the Greystone Wine Tour on your booking, select this option at time of booking your PurePod stay (or let us know after you’ve made your booking and we can add this optional activity to your existing booking).