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Check out Hurunui's brand new 'pod' accommodation

8 August 2017

Canterbury continues to build on its reputation for alternative accommodation with Hurunui’s brand new Harakeke Huts.

The quirky accommodation consists of two free-standing, dome-shaped ‘sleeping huts’ either side of an architecturally-designed kitchen, lounge and bathroom pod.

The wooden buildings were constructed in the North Island by The Pod NZ, which has the franchise for the original concept from the United Kingdom.

They offer uninterrupted views of Mt Lyford, with no other buildings in sight – just native bush.

Harakake Huts are owned by Mt Lyford Holiday Homes and are located on a five-hectare block where the businesses’ ecolodges are.

Mt Lyford Holiday Homes co-owner Claudine Barnes says they’re regenerating native bush on the site at the bottom end of Mt Lyford village.

The sleeping pods are made from New Zealand radiata pine, have double-glazed cedar doors and windows and are insulated with wool in the ceiling.

“There’s a queen bed in each one and they’re wired up so you have the comfort of proper lighting and heating,” Claudine says.

“We haven’t had many guests yet as these are brand new huts but the few that have stayed have thoroughly enjoyed it. They are amazed by the views and the peaceful surroundings.

“The night skies are worth sitting out for with no lighting around to spoil the experience.”

What’s nearby?

Mt Lyford is an alpine area about two hours north of Christchurch, along the scenic Kaikoura Inland Road.

It is home to lots of walking and mountainbiking options and in summer, you can swim in a crystal-clear lake nearby or have a play with the kayak on a pond on the same property as Harakeke Huts.

In winter, there is an ice skating rink and Mt Lyford Ski Area is just up the mountain. Hanmer Springs Ski Area is within 1.5 hours’ drive.

Mt Lyford Lodge is nearby with a bar and restaurant for those not wanting to provide for themselves.

How to get there

From Christchurch, follow State Highway 1 north and turn off at Waipara to SH7 in the direction of Hanmer Springs.

Approximately three kilometres past Culverden, take the turn off to the right to Mt Lyford.

From Waiau it is another 21km until you’re in the alpine surrounds of Mt Lyford village.

How to book

Get in touch with Mt Lyford Holiday Homes directly on 03 315 6523 or info@lyfordholidayhomes.co.nz.

You can also book online.

Other alternative accommodation

From luxury tree houses to glass pods and grain silos, Canterbury offers some incredible unique accommodation options.

  • Rest up in a humble grain silo converted into innovative and stylish serviced apartments with SiloStay, located in the heart of Little River,
  • Stay in a luxury tree hut suite 30-feet above ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove with Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses in Kaikoura.
  • Sleep in a glass pod surrounded by nature in Kaikoura, Banks Peninsula or Waipara with PurePods.
  • Go to jail for a night with The Jailhouse in Christchurch, which once served as a prison and was refurbished and opened as accommodation a decade ago.
  • Spend the evening staring at the stars from a ‘wooden tent’ with see-through roofing at Onuku Farm Hostel on Banks Peninsula.
  • Try your hand at glamping with Canopy Camping Escapes at Lavericks Bay in Banks Peninsula or Camp Kekerengu in Kaikoura.


  • Joy Sajamark

    Public Relations Specialist

    Where’s Joy? She’s enjoying the first snow of the season in Lake Tekapo - a picturesque 3.5-hour drive south of Christchurch.

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