Stay of the Week: The Lindis Pods
Get closer to New Zealand's epic landscapes without losing any of your creature comforts.
December 09, 2022
In Stay of the Week, we explore some of the world's best and most unique accommodations — giving you a little inspiration for your next trip. In this instalment, we go to The Lindis in Canterbury, New Zealand, where you'll find small but mighty luxe pod accommodations overlooking the Ahuriri Valley's dramatic landscape.
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WHAT'S SO SPECIAL?
These nature pods are inspired by the tiny homes you've seen popping up all over Australia and New Zealand — but so much more luxurious. The design of the rooms, the epic views and the access to the nearby lodge all make for a spectacular stay.
What the Lindis pods lack in size (they're about 18 square metres), they more than make up for with amenities. Each totally private room boasts a king-size bed with lush linens, ensuite with premium toiletries and private bathtub, an outdoor sitting area and, crucially, heating for when the outside temperature drops.
But one of the best features comes in the form of the pod's structure itself. Three of the sides are covered in double-glazed mirrored glass than spans from floor to ceiling — perfect, in other words, for sitting in bed and marvelling at the incredible valley views before you.
The Lindis pods are also entirely separate from everything else on the property, but you are within a short walk of the property's main lodge. Head here for the property's main dining room, a bar, lounge areas, a games room and a billiards room.
FOOD AND DRINK
One thing to note up front: at The Lindis, daily breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner drinks and canapes, multi-course dinner and the minibar is all included in the price of your stay. Because a truly relaxing getaway should involve needing to make as few decisions as possible.
On the menu, you'll find produce that's either locally sourced or harvested from the property's on-site garden, from wild venison to porcini mushrooms and even locally caught seafood. The ever-evolving menu can also be paired with a nightly rotating selection of New Zealand and international wines.
THE LOCAL AREA
The Lindis is located in the Ahuriri Valley on New Zealand's South Island. Up here you'll spend your time among rugged mountain ranges, wetlands bursting with wildlife, tussock grasslands and vast beech forests. If you're looking for peace, quiet and reconnecting with nature, you're in the right place.
Sure, you could take in the rugged terrain from your bed or outdoor terrace, but The Lindis also offers plenty ways that allow you to experience the land from up close. Take yourself on a hike or e-bike ride through the valley, or saddle up for a horseback tour for a truly unforgettable experience. Want to see it from above? The Lindis also offers helicopter flights so you can truly feel on top of the world.
If you're after something more leisurely, book a picnic or barbecue package. And, when the sun goes down, join the team for a spot of spectacular stargazing.
Head to The Lindis website to book a stay at one of its luxurious pods.
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