Want to experience New Zealand in pristine luxury – try this week-long pod hoping itinerary immersing you in South Island’s unique landscapes, wildlife, experiences and views. 

The PurePod concept was first launched in 2014 when architect and visionary, Grant Ryan designed an all glass room allowing guests to stay overnight with interrupted views to the ground beneath the pod, around its transparent walls and up through the glass ceiling. Not exactly your typical New Zealand hotel stay!

The PurePod experience offers isolation and luxury, with complete immersion in the pods landscape. As each pod looks out onto a different landscape, animal life and views, each delivers a very different experience – and so the concept of pod-hopping was born.

With the recent opening of PurePod’s seventh room, the team at New Zealand In Depth have designed a new “pod-hopping” experience that will take guests to each of the seven available PurePod experiences and combine them into a week-long journey around the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island.

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Pod-hopping is a great way to experience and immerse yourself into the backcountry of New Zealand. As you look out onto the tussock hills, coast and farmland, you will be able to hop from one spectacular view to another. Each Pod has its own unique character and setting giving each one a different feel – so combining them together gives the opportunity to engage with a number of environments they offer.

Each pod is located in a secret location away from roads, houses – or any other connection with the outside world. Having parked your car, there is on average a 25 min walk to the Pod. Rated 5-star for its quality of accommodation and services PurePod has also received an Enviro Gold by Qualmark for its low impact on the environment as it runs off grid on solar power and using filtered rainwater.

However, PurePod’s off-grid credentials have not compromised its luxurious feel, with exclusive linen on a very comfortable bed, under floor heating and a powerful solar shower – every aspect of the stay has been considered to match the standards expected for a luxury retreat.

Available throughout the year, the PurePods are equally enjoyed in summer and winter conditions.

With spectacular views during the day, it is at night with a kaleidoscope of stars when the PurePod truly comes to life. On a clear night, the sky lights up with stars and the milky way. On a stormy night, it is a truly magical spot, safe and warm inside the PurePod watching nature put on a show. Whatever the weather, or time of year, PurePod brings you closer to nature in comfort.

Pōhue PurePod. Photo: Paul Wilson images

Pōhue PurePod interior. Photo: Paul Wilson images

What’s Included

Although every itinerary can be personalised, the new eight-day, seven-night PurePod hopping itinerary includes transfers, accommodation in all seven PurePod rooms including dinner bed and breakfast, on a twin share basis, and car hire.


From £1,700 per person, not including flights

PurePods around New Zealand

  • Atatu PurePod, 90 minutes north-east of Christchurch, perched high above the coastline, with sweeping sea views and stunning sunrises
  • Korimako Purepod, 90 minutes north-east of Christchurch, nestled in native bush with a beautiful view out to the bay
  • Kahutara PurePod, 20 minutes inland from Kaikoura, 2.5-hour drive from Christchurch, perched high above the Kahutara River with stunning views of the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range
  • Manakau PurePod, 20 minutes inland from Kaikoura, 2.5-hour drive from Christchurch, with vast views of the beautiful countryside and the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range
  • Greystone PurePod, less than an hour drive north of Christchurch, high above an organic winery in Waipara with sweeping views of the Waipara Valley
  • Pōhue PurePod, an hour drive from Christchurch, with beautiful views of the historic Port Levy bay, surrounded by rolling hills and magnificent rocky outcrops.
  • Little River PurePod, less than an hour drive from Christchurch, nestled into native bush and tussocks high above the Little River township on the beautiful Banks Peninsula

About New Zealand in Depth

New Zealand in Depth offers the chance to experience the real side of New Zealand and get off the beaten track to experiences that are often not available through other operators. 

Ideal if you’re looking for more than a cookie-cutter New Zealand hotel. To book this retreat or to simply ask us a question, fill this form below. 


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