With 11 different PurePod locations to select from, how to do you choose?
Good question! Each PurePod is set in a unique and secluded part of the beautiful New Zealand landscape, making it tricky to choose a favourite. Perhaps the answer is to include “pod-hopping” on your travel itinerary.
If you are traveling from the north island, we recommend starting your PurePods adventure with 2 nights at the Kokomea PurePod. Kokomea PurePod sits proudly on a grapevine nursery high above the Kāpiti Coast just an hour north of Wellington. The Kāpiti Coast’s natural beauty is breathtaking – and there is so much to see, do and experience!
After spending some time exploring the Kāpiti Coast take the Interislander Ferry across to the beautiful south island of New Zealand.
From Picton drive to Kāikoura and check into the Kahutara or Manakau PurePod. We recommend a few nights so you have plenty of time each day to check out all the wonderful activities available in the stunning Kaikōura region (whale watching, swimming with the seals, kayaking, hiking).
Then, continue south down State Highway 1 for just over an hour, before leaving the main highway to head towards the coast and the Korimako PurePod, where you will be nestled into the native bush full of bird song with a stunning view out to the nearby bay on a beautiful and historic sheep farm or the Atatū PurePod, perched high above the coastline, with sweeping sea views and fabulous sunrises. If you enjoy mountain biking these two PurePods offer an off-road mountain bike looped 8km track.
Or, if you are a wine-lover, head a little further south to the Greystone PurePod in Waipara, making sure you arrive before 4pm so you can stop in at the Greystone Cellar Door for a complimentary wine tasting. If you have packed your mountain bikes, then head out for a ride along the Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail.
From Waipara, continue your journey south on State Highway 1, perhaps stopping for a night in Christchurch if you need your fix of city life, before travelling on to the beautiful Pōhue PurePod on Banks Peninsula, about an hour from Christchurch (or two hours from Waipara), where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the historic Port Levy bay, surrounded by rolling hills and magnificent rocky outcrops.
The next destination on the ‘pod-hopping’ adventure is Cromwell. Here you will find Tāima and Haurapa PurePods. With breathtaking views of the rocky Kawarau Gorge and the majestic Pisa Range, these two PurePods offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Central Otago. Tāima PurePod offers convenient access to the renowned Lake Dunstan Trail, allowing you to explore the area’s natural wonders with ease.
Rakiura Stewart Island is located right at the bottom of the South Island, and whilst you might think this is a long way to reach the next PurePod, you won’t be disappointed.
Hananui and Tokoeka PurePods are nestled behind a predator-proof fence in an eco-sanctuary on the stunning Rakiura Stewart Island, part of the southernmost Dark Sky Reserve.
The birdlife, the scenery, the people, the history, and the spectacular colours the sky turns on throughout every day will turn your head without a doubt. This is a ‘must do’ when creating your travel itinerary. You will be challenged to decide if you take a thousand photos or just soak it all in, perhaps take the time to do both!