The Greystone PurePod is our newest PurePod, open for bookings from late January 2017. It 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). 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 is 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!
You can either bring your own supplies, or preorder a dinner and breakfast food package when you make your reservation. Made from fresh local ingredients the evening eating includes a snack platter of local cheese, pates, crackers and fresh ciabatta bread. Plus your choice of salmon, chicken, beef or venison (ready for you to cook on either the hob or barbeque) as well as a fresh salad of the day, gourmet potatoes and something decadently sweet to finish. Breakfast is freshly made muesli with local organic yoghurt. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
This PurePod is not suitable for those with mobility challenges (sorry). Glass, when wet, is slippery and unsafe so we provide facilities for your wet shoes and jackets.
While you can walk back out to stock up on supplies, you’ll find that the desire to stay put and relax is overwhelming! 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.
Check in & out
Check in is between 3pm – Sunset. Check out is by 12pm on the day of departure. When you book you will receive instructions on how to find your secret slice of paradise.