The Greystone PurePod is set high above the award-winning Greystone vineyard, right in the heart of the Waipara Valley wine producing region
Waipara Valley Views
The Greystone PurePod is set high above the award-winning Greystone vineyard, less than an hour north of Christchurch, right in the heart of the Waipara Valley wine producing region.
With the Teviotdale Hills behind and views up the Waipara Valley across to the Southern Alps, the Greystone PurePod provides a beautiful setting for you to immerse yourself in your own private slice of the New Zealand landscape.
Your journey to the Greystone PurePod starts as soon as you turn into the Greystone vineyard, and pass by the Cellar Door (feel free to stop for a wine tasting or to pick up a bottle of Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Bloc). We also recommend booking the optional guided wine tour which is available from 12:30pm to 2pm weekdays – a perfect start or complete to your Greystone PurePod experience.
The unpaved road winds its way through the vineyard up to the PurePod car parking area – you may even see an occasional flock of sheep in the paddocks between the vines.
From the carpark, you will cross the fence over a stile and follow the walking track as it winds its way through some regenerating native bush. Keep an eye out for cabbage trees (also known as ti kouka) which are one of the most distinctive trees in the New Zealand landscape. They grow 12-20 metres high, usually have long trunks, with thick and tough cork-like bark. The leaves are long and narrow and are up to 1 metre long. The cabbage tree has lovely scented flowers in early summer, which turn into blue-whitish berries that birds love to eat.
As the track winds its way out of the bush, and makes it way to the Greystone PurePod, you will have views of the Teviotdale Hills to one side and views of the winery and the Waipara Valley to the other side. You may even spot a hawk or a New Zealand falcon spreading its wings before it dives dramatically after its prey.
Situated high about the winery
The Greystone PurePod sits on a spur in a paddock, high above the winery. While you are tucked away in your own private oasis, you have vast views down onto the winery and up the Waipara Valley. Depending on the time of the year, while relaxing on the PurePod deck, you may be able to glimpse workers in the far distance beavering away in the vines removing shoots, managing the foilage wires, picking grapes or pruning.
If you are feeling a little more active, then take advantage of the walking and cycling trails that pass through the Greystone winery and onto and through a number of other wineries and historic farms.
Of course, if such exploration is not quite what you desire, feel free to stretch out on the deck or in the shade nearby and enjoy a complete absence of people and traffic.
Sit back, relax & soak in the views
The PurePod has all the facilities you require including a fabulous shower, flush toilet, crisp linen, cooking and eating equipment including a gas hob and barbeque, tea coffee and milk; as well as an assortment of games, local reference books, a telescope and a whole lot of nothing to do! So sit back, relax in the luxury camp chairs out on the deck, or laze about in the super comfortable bed and watch nature put on a show.