19th August 2015
The South Island’s largest region boasts some of the world’s top accommodation hideaway alternatives, says Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Chief Executive, Tim Hunter.
“Visitors wanting to stay somewhere surprising, with luxury eco-accommodation, are in for a treat,” he says.
Many of these are hidden within the beautiful, rugged landscape of the hills and bays on Banks Peninsula, an hour from Christchurch International Airport.
At Silo Stay in Little River, proprietary grain silos have been cleverly transformed in to individual motel units called Silococoons, as part of an innovative, ecofriendly and affordable accommodation complex. It is an ideal stop-off for cyclists on the Little River Rail Trail.
Another world first for Canterbury, the Pure Pod is a total immersion, private experience. Each Pure Pod is made of heavy-duty glass bringing all of the outside in - from the sky above to the native plants beneath. Hosts Wayne and Anna Beggs are passionate about their Banks Peninsula setting, and offer a PurePod experience set at the end of a beautiful 600m nature walk. Solar electricity keeps the PurePod cosy in all weathers. Pure Pods are also set to come to Kaikoura and the Mackenzie hideaways later this year.
Also on Banks Peninsula, Annandale is an historic farm with a restored five-bedroom homestead set in magnificent gardens and state-of-the-art recreation facilities, including infinity pool, spa pool and tennis court. Tucked away nearby, three other private and secluded villas each have their own distinct character: the romance and contemporary architecture of Seascape in its own bay, the historic hilltop charm of Shepherd’s Cottage, and the stunning seaside location of Scrubby Bay, a large cedar-clad beach house for gatherings of up to 14 people.
Banks Peninulsa also boasts the ultimate in glamping. With its luxury campsite a 15 minute meander down to a beautiful secluded beach, glamping at Lavericks Bay on Banks Peninsula is something pretty special, Tim Hunter says.
The scenic bay is set on a large sheep and beef farm, which has been in the same family since the 1850s and now run by Harriet and Lloyd Chapman, who are excited to share their piece of paradise with others.
The sunny campsite has two luxury tents both with woodburners, a camp kitchen and bathroom. With a dedicated communal area, it is perfectly set up for two families, or a group of friends holidaying together. An outdoor bath is tucked into a private spot close to the campsite.