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.
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! So sit back, relax in the luxury camp chairs out on the deck, or laze about in the super comfortable bed and watch nature put on a show.
The PurePod was such an incredible experience! I highly recommend it to anyone looking to really enjoy the natural beauty of New Zealand. It’s quaint, relaxing and produced exactly the night we were looking for. Sheep baa’ing in the distance, stars overhead and the quiet night surrounded by the vastness of the Southern Island. The grill worked great and all amenities were perfect as well (esp. the camper chairs!). We also stopped in at Greystone for a wine tasting before and they could not have been nicer. Just an overall amazing experience! Cameron, United States
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 hamper when you make your reservation. Made from the best available fresh local seasonal ingredients the team at the Greystone Wines Cellar Door will put together a dinner & breakfast hamper for you based on their scrumptious Long Lunch menu.
The hamper includes a tasting platter for a starter, while the main dish can range from beef, lamb, venison and fish (ready for you to cook yourself on either the cooktop or the barbeque), with seasonal vegetables or salad. To finish your evening meal, there is a sweet treat or seasonal fruit. Breakfast is a yummy homemade muesli with locally made organic yoghurt and a fruit compote.
If you have a specific dietary requirement please let us know and we will adjust the menu accordingly. Also, please let us know if you book into the Cellar Door for lunch (available Thursday-Sunday), so we can ensure you have a different menu for dinner).
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.
We stayed here the first night of our honeymoon. The views were absolutely stunning and the food left for us to cook was excellent. Really delicious and easy to prepare. It’s really peaceful up there and we got a lot of rest and just relaxed while listening to an audiobook. Perfect way to start a holiday and if you get a chance to do the winery tour you should! Our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about the vineyard and it was definitely our favorite winery tour in NZ!
Phillip, United States