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Te Wepu intrepid pod retreats is all about escape

Te Wepu

Is just the place

In just over an hour from Christchurch, you will find your perch above one of the most tranquil bays on Canterbury’s magnificent Banks Peninsula. Far from the tour bus hoards, you’ll sink in to a steaming wood-fired hot tub under an abundance of stars and, if you choose, you can even enjoy sumptuous local fare delivered to your door.

Although you’ll be a 15-30 minute hike from the nearest road - in the midst of a working cattle farm - you’ll sleep on real beds in double-glazed, New Zealand-made pods; more solid than canvas, much more romantic than an ordinary hotel room.

If you’re an adventurous soul – whether travelling in a small group, on an adventure for two or flying solo – and you want an idyllic spot in which to stop, relax, read and breathe in the silence, Te Wepu is just the place.

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What People say
Dylan and Meisha, Australia

"Was an amazing place to stay! Beautiful views and the unique style of the pods nestled in the hillside made it one of the nicest places we have ever stayed! We were greeted by Kate and Richie with a BBQ hamper full of delicious fresh produce from the farm! They were very accommodating with all ours needs! It made our holiday"


“Wow! What a stunningly beautiful experience. The location is secluded and beautiful with breathtaking views. The pods are awesome and truly make glamping easy with all the facilities you need and the hosts are outstanding adding the little touches that make you feel welcome and appreciated. If you’re looking for a secluded stylish private getaway, but close to places to visit, then this is a must! You'll love it!”

Sarah and Adam

“What a truly magical spot! Kate and Richie were fantastic hosts. Highly recommend the hamper too, amazing home cooking :)”

Jason, Sian and Florence

“We had an amazing time at Kate and Richie's fantastic pod retreat. They are truly awesome hosts. The pods are so cool and really well thought out. The view is to die for and the hot tub was easy to use and PRE-HEATED for us! Everything was thought of and Kate's hampers (with Richie's seafood additions) are really yummy!! Highly recommend this fantastic glamping accommodation. Close to town and all the peninsula has to offer.”

Caroline and Andy

“Staying at Te Wepu is an absolute must-do if you are in the Canterbury area! The Kereru pod is set in a stunning location up the hill with beautiful views over the water to Akaroa. It had everything we needed for a fantastic relaxing getaway and the woodfired hot tub was the icing on the cake. We loved all the extra touches that made it very special and would recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get away from it all.”

Richard & Jennifer

“If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing idyllic get-away for a night or two then stop looking and book this place now. We had the most amazing experience staying in the Ruru pod. Right from the moment we were greeted by Kate and Richie and their family we knew it was going to be special and it absolutely was. I don't have the words to properly describe the experience we had or our stay, other than to say that we will be back many more times in the future. ”

Tim and Becky

“We had a wonderful experience at Te Wepu. The hosts are helpful and accommodating. The atmosphere is serene and the view is captivating. We enjoyed the pit fire before getting into the toasty warm hot tub. The hot tub was relaxing after Tim had completed the Longbeach Challenge earlier in the day. The bed was very comfortable. In the morning we had a leisurely walk through the bush, listening to the birds. We will be back!”

Tony and Tineka

"We are local farmers who had a quick escape from the kids and farm for a night at Te Wepu. Being locals we didn't think the view would still wow us but seeing it from the idyllic hot tub amongst bush and bird song made us stop and take stock of how lucky we are. We thoroughly recommend to both urban and rural for a once in a lifetime experience."


"Te Wepu Intrepid Pods give you the coolest, quaintest, coziest glamping experience this side of Cook Straight. Your own nook in the native trees, a view of Akaroa Harbour, a chorus of birdsong, a private pod (comfy beds, and lovely linen!), and your own fire-heated spa to relax into and let it all soak in. Keep your slippers clean  and stick to the decked areas between the sleeping pod/spa/changing pod/fire pit or put on your hiking boots and walk to the top of the hill for an even more spectacular view. Either way, you'll sleep well here!!!"


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