How do I choose which PurePod?
Good question! Each PurePod is set in a unique slice 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 travelling from the north, we recommend starting with 2 or 3 nights at either the Kahutara or Manakau PurePods, so you have plenty of time each day to check out all the wonderful activities available in the stunning Kaikoura 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 about 1.5 hours 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’ve 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 Little River PurePod on Banks Peninsula, about an hour from Christchurch (or two hours from Waipara). Arrive before 4pm so you can check out the local cafe and art gallery then head up to the PurePod to enjoy your evening, nestled into a patch of regenerating native bush high above the tiny township of Little River. You may wish to stay a couple of nights here, 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.
Is it too cold or hot with all that glass?
PurePods use the highest quality toughened, double- and triple-glazed glass. Beneath the glass floor is a patented underfloor heating system that does not impede your views of the plants growing beneath. Extra heat is provided by hidden radiators. The heating and the hot water are heated using a combination of solar power and a bio-fuel heater.
There is no air conditioning but a range of natures cooling devices (blinds, ceiling shades, sliding doors, open windows etc). You will find your PurePod luxuriously comfortable.
How private is it?
All PurePods are on private land and remote enough that you can be assured privacy – just you and that special someone you are with. There are blinds on all windows and the ceiling – use them as you see fit.
Is it safe?
NZ is snake free and there are no large wild animals to threaten you. You’ll hear birdsong all day but don’t be scared if you hear cattle and sheep noise during the night, sound sometimes travels a long way. Some PurePod properties have sheep quite close by, don’t worry they won’t harm you, and the spring lambs are ever so cute!
Can I call someone if there is an emergency?
Each PurePod has communication facilities for emergencies. Instructions are available in each PurePod to ensure you can explain your location.
How do all the amenities like toilets/shower baths work?
PurePods use the latest technologies to ensure pure water and sustainable waste management. The flush toilet and unique all-glass (yes even the floor) shower ensure your luxury experience while looking after the local ecosystem. The water and the waste are sourced and safely disposed of within a few hundred meters of the PurePod.
What do I do all day – what activities are there?
None – that is the point. Most people’s lives are filled with constant activity and the need to constantly be doing things. PurePods are the opposite – you are allowed a couple of days now and then to just relax and do nothing. Just breathe deeply, take time to reflect and experience nature at nature’s pace.
Some properties have marked and mapped tracks for you to follow to experience the unique local features.
What options are there for food and drink?
Each PurePod has unique local offerings of food and drink. As you explore the locations take note of the options and choose one when you are booking. If you have reserved food it will be waiting for you on arrival at the PurePod.
You can bring your own supplies. The PurePod has a cooktop and barbeque, plenty of clean water, coffee, tea, milk, olive oil and all the utensils you need to cook for two. Don’t forget to bring your favourite tipple!
Where does the energy come from?
We use solar power to charge our batteries and heat the water, gas for the barbeque and cooktop, and bio-fuel capable heaters in the winter months for extra heating and hot water.
What about Wifi, TV, Movies etc?
There’s just a USB outlet and a bluetooth speaker (BYO music) – no wifi, no movies, no tv. Shocking, we know, but unplugging for a couple of days is a key part of the experience.
Will the glass break?
The PurePod is made out of toughened glass – laminated on the floor and deck, double-glazed for doors, windows and ceilings. Glass does break – but in that unlikely event it will shatter like a windscreen meaning no personal safety issues for you. (We’ve tested the glass by dropping 10kg weights on it without any breakages.)