Set in an open clearing on private farm land, New Zealand's four PurePods provide a singular boutique hotel experience: a one-room home offering luxury and dramatic vistas without neighbors. The free-standing glass accommodations are part of a New Zealand itinerary arranged by New Zealand travel experts, New Zealand in Depth.
The PurePod concept is all about the view; the pods are constructed almost entirely from glass with no carpet, curtains or ceiling. PurePods are slightly elevated, providing a sensation of floating over the ground while also encouraging star-gazing form indoors. Though isolated, PurePods offer luxurious amenities including under-floor heating and solar powered showers. The stay includes a dinner set in the guests "home" and a breakfast in the morning. PurePods run on solar power, and also use filtered rainwater and natural waste composting.
The PurePods are all located on the South Island: one is near Little River on the Banks Peninsula and two overlook the Kaikoura Mountain Range; the newest PurePod opened January 2017 in the hills above the Waipara wine region. A one-night state at the PurePod, through New Zealand in Depth, costs from $225 per person, per night. A stay in a PurePod can be included in a 12-day personalized travel itinerary covering both the North and South islands in New Zealand, costing from $2,200 per person, not including flights. The program includes transfers, accommodations based on double occupancy in boutique hotels and B&Bs, one night in a PurePod, rental car and a ferry from North to South Island.