I’ve always been someone who likes the idea of camping, but if you actually throw me out in the middle of nowhere with a tent and sleeping bag, I would freak out. A few years ago, I remember seeing those glass dome hotels in Northern Europe start popping up on my Facebook newsfeed. Brilliant concept, but for someone who hates the cold, it wasn’t something I added to the top of my bucket list. Anyway, about 5-6 months ago after we had booked our flights for New Zealand, I was searching up “cool New Zealand lodging experiences” on Google. And that’s how I found PurePods. These glass pods are placed strategically out “in the middle of nowhere,” where they’re still relatively accessible but the surrounding environment makes you feel like you’re worlds away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. And if you go at the right time of year, it’s not freezing either! 🙂
We ended up booking the Kahutara PurePod in Kaikoura, since the available dates lined up best with our itinerary. These pods book out fast, and now having gone through the whole experience, I can definitely see why.
This might be different for each PurePod, but we had to hike about a mile to get to ours from the car park. The views were amazing – endless rolling green hills, and lots and lots of sheep!! The trail is clearly marked so we didn’t have to worry about getting lost. If I could do one thing differently, I would have thrown all of our one night essentials into a backpack and ditched the suitcase. Hiking with a suitcase was NOT fun, although Victor carried it most of the way so I can’t really complain.
Oh, and definitely remember to use bug spray and/or make sure you’re covered! My ankles were exposed and I got bitten quite a few times. Rookie hiking mistake.
The PurePod itself is absolutely gorgeous!! Very thoughtfully designed, and basically has all the amenities of an upscale hotel room. Shower pressure was fantastic, no lack of hot water, heated floor, and of course, glass walls all around, including a glass ceiling. Even the floor was glass so you could see through to the shrubbery underneath the pod.
The PurePod does not come with WiFi, and there’s definitely no cell service out there, but that made for the perfect experience!! After dinner, we spent the rest of our evening enjoying the scenery out on the patio, playing cards, and reading books they provided about native birds and how to find various stars in night sky. A much needed excuse to disconnect from social media. It was so nice to experience this slower pace of life 🙂
You have the option to add dinner/breakfast as well when you book your PurePod. We were coming straight from the airport and didn’t have time to swing by to get groceries (it was a long drive), so we chose to add the meal package. They had everything in the fridge ready for us by the time we arrived. Ready as in ready to cook! The PurePod has a stovetop inside, but I highly recommend using the grill out on the patio. It was our first time using a grill and we had so much fun! Didn’t burn anything either, and the food tasted great!
All in all, this was an amazing, unforgettable experience! A must-do if you’re in New Zealand!! It was so surreal to wake up to this view. We managed to wake up naturally around 5:30am feeling super refreshed. If only I could do that back home…
All the PurePod locations look fantastic, and if we ever go back, we definitely want to try another pod. The scenery at Kahutara was unbelievable, and it was so cool to have a little piece of paradise all to ourselves 🙂 Worth the money, worth the 2-hour drive from Christchurch, and worth the 2-mile roundtrip hike.