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Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats

250 Wainui Main Road Top of Bantry Lodge Road, French Farm, Akaroa 7582 New Zealand
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#10 of 27 Speciality lodging in Akaroa
Dotted throughout Te Wepu’s 30ha of working farmland and bush are three sleeping pod sites. Each site has two pods; a dedicated sleeping pod which sleeps two and each has a spectacular view. Each one has its own private setting including wood fired hot tub, fire pit, an eco-friendly waterless Bioloo, camping facilities including a gas fridge & BBQ.
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onefang2015 wrote a review Nov 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions2 helpful votes
We spent one night at Te Wepu, in Keruru pod. The amenities provided blew us away. Everything you could possibly want is there for you. From utensils to robes to marshmallows for the fire! We had a beautiful gourmet breakfast from the farm’s fresh eggs and provided accompaniments. With a fire pit and a fire-heated spa there were multiple places to chill out and relax. The spa remained hot overnight and watching the dawn break from a beautiful hot spa will be a treasured memory that will last forever. We are friends and had to share a double as there is no twin configured pod, but it was comfortable and large and no problem at all. The pod is positioned to maximise access to the view across the harbour, through the glass door, even once in bed. Kate and Richie (and family) are welcoming and friendly. Little doggie Louis was a treasure! 100% going back some time!!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Portia H wrote a review Oct 2020
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That was my first experience of any kind of glamping, and I was blown away. Not only was the scenery and placement of the camp in such a great location, but all the details of camp life were taken care of, right down to a supply of marshmallows for roasting over the fire pit with the custom made marshmallow sticks! Comfy bed, quality linens and kitchenware, home made baking and even a supply of great books in case one got bored of the view.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Superpear wrote a review Mar 2020
Ashburton, New Zealand1337 contributions301 helpful votes
I can't speak more highly of this experience. My wife and I checked in for the 2 night experience with a 1 night hamper. It was brilliant. Everything from the ultra comfy bed, the great food and wine in the hamper, the excellent hot tub (once we got the fire going), and just the solitude and peacefulness of the whole experience. The whole concept of comfortable but with simple amenities is excellent. All of the items are high end from the Weber BBQ to the linen to the crockery. Between the BBQ and the gas ring you can work culinary wonders, and the ice box kept all our chilled items 'chilled' for the whole weekend. The food in the hamper was high end and excellent, and actually did us for the whole weekend with us only needing to provide extra snacks and drinks. An unexpected bonus that isn't mentioned on the website were the high end outdoor bean bags, the foldaway table, 2 chairs to use at the table, and then you get a se[arate small area with sofa and firepit. Unfortunately the fire ban meant we couldn't use the firepit (not Te Wepu's fault), but we still mamaged to toast the marshmallows they gave us in the hot tub wood firebox. There is something magical about soaking in the hot tub, toasting marshmallows, sipping wine in the pitch black, looking at the stars. A couple of nit-picking constructive suggestions are; - provide a small table either side of the bed to put your cup of tea down. A log standing on end will do the trick. Might save a nasty, messy accident. - provide a couple of hooks for the bedroom pod to hang your clothes on. Saves dropping them on the floor. - a bit of maintenance to the undergrowth and the path back down the hill (especially the steps) wouldn't go amiss. But overall it was brilliant, and we will definitely be going back. Kate & Ritchie are running a wonderful experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Chris W wrote a review Jan 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand45 contributions30 helpful votes
After a family member let me know about this comparatively new venture, I knew it would be the perfect choice to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed with our decision and enjoyed an amazing two nights staying in the Ruru pod enjoying being surrounding by beautiful nature. The serenity and isolation was just perfect for winding down and just relaxing. Our only company was the various native birds that were a constant backdrop. Highlights of our stay were the wonderful hamper of local produce which we dined on over several meals, the friendly hospitality of our hosts Kate and Richie, and of course the wood-fired hot tub. The walk up to the pods is through lovely lush greenery, but is a decent workout in parts so keep the option of a ride up from Richie as a valid option! Also be aware that the bio-loo won't be everyone's cup of tea but it fits well with the philosophy of the venture. We cannot recommend Te Wepu highly enough - if you are looking for a relaxing getaway where you can just enjoy the simple pleasures of just reading a good book, soaking in the amazing view, while soaking in the tub, then this is the place for you. We will definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Each of the 3 pods is very separate from each other - no shared facilities. The bush walk will be...
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abell16705 wrote a review Oct 2018
Temuka, New Zealand1 contribution
An amazing luxury camping experience with a personal touch. Ritchie and Kate have thought of everything that you would need for the ultimate night away. We thoroughly enjoyed our time away. With a stunning view, beautiful produce from Kates hamper, the relaxing hot tub and the fantastic facilities we couldn't have asked for anything else. We would highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionAkaroa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats
Which popular attractions are close to Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats?
Nearby attractions include The Giants House (6.4 km), Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists (5.7 km), and Akaroa Museum (5.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Te Wepu - Intrepid Pod Retreats?
Conveniently located restaurants include Murphy's On The Corner, The Little Bistro, and Mandala Restaurant.