When travelling, I love finding new and unique types of accommodation to stay in. Whether it’s a tree tent, a rainforest retreat, glass pods, exclusive suites or overwater bungalows – I’m constantly in search of something off the beaten path to experience and share with you.
While many of the places I’ve have covered fit into the luxury accommodation sector, I’ve also reviewed glamping and backpacker stays for those of you who are on a tight travel budget. We’ve all been there and I really enjoy the variety!
For us, each day began with a cup of coffee, pulling back the curtains and watching the glistening sun come up over the horizon while hanging out on the deck. This was rapidly followed by grabbing our snorkelling gear we’d been supplied by the activity centre – and jumping into the crystal clear Moorea waters to go and swim with a myriad of brightly coloured fish that weaved in and out of the coral reef regeneration project the resort had developed. What a totally rejuvenating way to kick off the day!
The short walk up to the PurePod began with a picturesque farm road alongside a sheep-filled paddock that soon connects to a forested pathway where we walked under a canopy of Kanuka trees that soon opened up to glimpses of our PurePod.
That moment when the PurePod comes into view is indescribable – it’s truly one of those, “wow, that is something special” moments.
Nestled into an authentic rainforest setting, we parked up at our resting place for the night Te Waonui, which in Maori terms quite literally refers to the magical ‘forest’ the retreat was located within.
We couldn’t get over how spectacular the views were, and spent the first hour curled up on the lounge with a cup of tea, simply admiring the views of the surrounding hanging glaciers and Southern Alps.
Just a short drive from Hokitika, we arrived at the Canopy Camping escape, Hurunui Jacks. Greeted by the warm and welcoming owners, Maureen and John, we geared up in some iconic kiwi gumboots and headed down a tree-lined path to the property.
If you can imagine what would happen if you crossed a Treehouse with a tent and a hammock, you’d get a Tentsile “Connect” tree tent, one of the most incredible inventions we’ve ever seen in the camping world.