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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 crowds, you’ll sink in to your own PRIVATE 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. Te Wepu has a Gold Qualmark ranking, making Te Wepu one of the few luxury accommodation places in Canterbury.

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
Dorothy and John

"A very relaxing and enjoyable experience. If heaven is like this, then I am very relaxed for the future"


Lara and Roy, Australia

"What an incredible experience. Amazing views. Delicious hamper. Comfy bed. Solitude. Hot tub, wine, off the grid. We loved every minute and can’t wait to come back"

Lara and Roy, Australia



“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. ”

Annette and Gary, NZ

"Congratulations on making your idea reality, our tonight here exceeded our expectations tenfold. Don't know how you managed it but you even put on perfect with her. Thank you"

Erica and Nick

"Spectacular “glamping”, muesli to die for!"


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