The structure is made from tempered glass on all sides – including the floors, roof and windows. It includes a bed, a kitchen and a bathroom – all glass enclosed. (If you’re shy, there are curtains you can pull.) You’re unlikely to encounter anyone else, but you might run across some of New Zealand’s wildlife. (And domesticated life, too – there are ranches nearby.)
When you get to the PurePod, you’ll find solar-powered LED lighting, refrigeration, running water, a bathroom and kitchen. You can order food for the PurePod, or you can bring your own. The PurePod isn’t air conditioned, but you can open up the platform to circulate air. It’s naturally heated in the winter, but you’ll want to bring warm clothing.
Booking a PurePod is easy. Simply go online to the PurePod website, choose your location and choose your preferred dates. Each day will set you back about USD$350, and you’ll receive directions to your chosen location once you’ve booked your stay. The locations are reachable by car, but you won’t be parking anywhere near your PurePod.
Can’t get along without your electronics? You can recharge them via an on-site USB port, but there are no available outlets to plug in your other gear. The on-site electricity is reserved for lighting and refrigeration.
The running water is locally sourced and locally disposed of near the PurePod. If you’re worried about finding nothing to do nearby, that’s actually the point. You can sleep under the stars, read a good book, reconnect with a friend or get lost in your own thoughts, but you’re not going to find a lot of touristy things nearby. In some locations – there are currently three available – you may get cellular service.
There are no harmful native creatures nearby, but you’ll be treated to plenty of birds and picturesque scenery all around. Check-in is at 3:00 PM, checkout is at noon.
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