The Kererū PurePod is nestled into regenerating bush high above the town of Little River/Wairewa on Banks Peninsula, less than an hour’s drive from Christchurch.
After a short drive on an unpaved road up to the secure car parking area, there is a beautiful 600m nature walk up to the PurePod – the walk will take you 10-15 minutes - or longer if you stop to enjoy the views!
The nature walk takes your through a 7 hectare block of natural bush that includes ancient trees such as matai, totara and kahikatea. Until this block was fenced a few years ago it was used for some grazing so you can observe how the native bush regenerates, establishing a layer of shrubs, some of which will grow over many years to become mighty specimens.
Bellbirds greet you as you walk to the PurePod, their clarion clear voices piercing through the trees. If you are lucky a fantail will accompany you on your walk through the bush, seemingly tame and with astonishing dexterity in the air your new friend is looking for tasty morsels thrown up as you walk the track.
That loud whooshing noise you hear is probably a slightly lumbering and colourful wood pigeon (called a kererū after which this PurePod location is named).
Most times of the year the clearing around the PurePod will have birds swooping over and around you, while in the distance a hawk will be hovering over the hillside searching for prey.
Recent ecological surveys of the bush have thrown up some exciting nature finds. A moth found nowhere else in New Zealand (or for that matter the world!) and a mushroom described as looking like Gandalf’s hat that has been seen in only two sites in the South Island and eight sites in the North Island of New Zealand.
The PurePod is set in a clearing planted with local tussocks, grasses, flaxes and ferns. Inside the PurePod a Visitor Guidebook describes each of these different plants as well as pointing out the trees you have around you and in the forest.
In such a natural setting insects abound. Seasonality affects what you’ll find, everything from dragonflies to caterpillars. Rest assured there are no poisonous or dangerous insects!
At night you can sit in the PurePod with only the underfloor lighting illuminating the ferns below and giving you the impression that you are floating, surrounded by stars. Moths gravitate to the light below you.
Views from your glass cabin are virtually 360 degrees, not forgetting the wide open sky above you.
Look directly south over Lake Forsyth/Wairewa to the Pacific Ocean while a panoramic view of the ancient volcanic Banks Peninsula crater rim takes your attention around to the Western Valley.
The Kererū PurePod contains local reference books describing the flora and fauna of the Banks Peninsula and the unique geophysical structure of this wonderful area as well as a local cookbook to introduce you to the wide range of artisanal and natural produce found locally.
The PurePod in Little River was a perfect way to start our three week New Zealand adventure. Everything about the PurePod is captivating – every little detail has been thought of. It felt like we were in a magical fairytale to stay somewhere so beautiful and secluded, with all sorts of wonderful little touches. We appreciated the star charts, as well as the numerous other thoughtful information about the area around the PurePod. The provided food was delicious, especially the salads and local cheese! Shelley, United States
If you are staying for a couple of days, perhaps set aside some time to check out some of the local sights, whether that’s the nearby walking tracks, cycling the Little River Rail Trail, checking out the Little River Gallery or taking a day trip to Akaroa to swim with the dolphins, there is bound to be more than enough to keep you occupied during your stay!
Please note, this PurePod is not suitable for those with mobility challenges due to the walk and the steps up to the Kererū PurePod.
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 local produce wherever possible the evening starter includes a selection of local cheeses, bread, olives, dips, relishes and cured meats. The main will include the chefs selection of either fresh local salmon or beef, to be cooked on the hob or outdoor barbeque. It will be accompanied by a selection of fresh seasonal salads made daily, followed by a sweet treat to finish. Breakfast is a Banks Peninsula famous toasted gluten free muesli served with berry compote, local honey, yoghurt and fruit. 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 is best not to walk the track in the dark). So please ensure you have enough food and drink to totally indulge the isolation.
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.