The Little River 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 recently this block was used for some grazing so visitors 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 the visitor as you walk into 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 wood pigeon (called a kereru) taking off. 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 that nothing bites however!
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 but not that really rare moth, it only flies by day!
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 PurePod contains local reference books describing the flora and fauna of the Banks Peninsula as well as 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.
Please note, this PurePod is not suitable for those with mobility challenges due to the walk and the steps up to the 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 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 or beef (ready for you to cook on either the hob or barbecue) 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.
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.
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.