With nine 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 the beautiful south island of New Zealand. The ferry sails between Wellington and Picton several times a day, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand’s most iconic experiences.
From Picton drive to Kāikoura and check into the Kahutara or Manakau PurePod for 2 or 3 nights. 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) before returning to the peace and tranquility of the PurePod each afternoon to enjoy a relaxed evening and a star-filled night.
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 ($18.50 per rider if you BYO bikes and $80 per rider if you hire electric bikes).
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, before heading up to the PurePod to relax and soak in the sweeping views of the beautiful Waipara Valley. If you have packed your mountain bikes, then head out for a ride along the Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail, or perhaps a more sedate stroll along the walking tracks, or check out some of the local wineries, starting of course, with Greystone Wines!
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.
You may wish to stay a couple of nights while on Banks Peninsula, so you can include a day trip to the beautiful Akaroa township, a historical French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an extinct volcano. Perhaps, include a harbour cruise or kayak tour to check out the home of the rarest and smallest marine dolphin, the Hector’s dolphins.
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.
You can continue down the east coast through the heritage sites, Victorian architecture and penguin and albatros colonies of Oamaru and Dunedin, taking in the wonder of the Moeraki Boulders on the way. Or head west on highway 73 over Arthurs Pass to the West Coast, taking in the history of the gold mining era of days past or the majestic natural wonders of the world, Fox and Franze Joseph glaciers. From here, you enter into the Central Otago region, home to Lakes Wanaka and Queenstowns‘, Lake Wakatipu which for many needs no introduction.
Invercargill is another 2.5 hours drive from Queenstown and where you can catch a plane, ferry or helicopter to Rakiura Stewart Island and your PurePod!
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!