Looking for something completely out of the ordinary for your next getaway? Something that is unique and fun but still has all the luxury comforts of an everyday hotel? Look no further than PurePods, a truly unforgettable New Zealand experience. The first of its kind in the world and environmentally friendly, the pods are made up of entirely glass (floors, walls and roof!) it’s a rare and amazing place to stay.
There are four PurePod locations. The locations were decided with complete privacy in mind. It’s a place to get away from it all. Unplug and unwind as you soak up the incredible scenery on offer. It’s off-the-grid with no internet or cellphone reception you are left to just switch off and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.
We were fortunate enough to stay in the Kahutara pod in June, located 20 minutes inland from Kaikoura. This was a refreshing trip for us. With no distractions we were able to just stop, listen to nature, and relax. Upon arriving at Kahutara pod we immediately felt a sense of peace and serenity. An easy 15-minute walk is required to reach the pod. The walk takes you through gorgeous farmland, over walk way bridges and the stunning Kaikoura mountains ranges in the background. We knew we were in for an exciting experience.
At our first glance of the pod, the design is clearly sleek and luxurious. It appears to almost float above the ground.
Our evening was wet but the pod felt incredibly cosy with sufficient heating. Hearing the wind and rain gave us the impression we were right in among the elements, but safe and snug at the same time. Cloud cover initially only allowed us to see just a few stars, however we found this restful and relaxing. We had pre-ordered the catered dinner option which came with a delicious cheese platter, it was an amazing experience in itself.
We happened to awaken during the night to breathtaking views. The cloud cover had magically started to clear and the stars were dazzling from the roof above us. Looking directly out in front of us, we could see the bold and beautiful dark outline of the giant Kaikoura Ranges. It was a surreal moment to experience.
As the sun beamed through the glass the next morning we were greeted with an amazing sunrise. The combination of the beautiful orange sunrise peeping over the tips of the snow-capped covered mountains was a delight to watch. A cup of tea in hand and a tasty breakfast, this was a superb way to start the day and explore Kaikoura.
Book anytime during the year, rain or sunshine and you are guaranteed to have the most outstanding experience. We simply cannot recommend PurePods enough.
Words: Hannah and Jo Walton | Photographer: Stephen Duffin Eskrow: Travel & Lifestyle | eskrow.co.nz