Arrivals & Departures Spend the night in New Zealand's first pod hotel

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When all you need is a place to lay your head en route to your next destination, think inside the pod.

Capsule hotels are most strongly associated with space-squeezed Japan, but visitors to New Zealand will now be able to bed down in what's billed as the country's first pod hotel. 

The new Jucy Snooze Christchurch, located near the city's airport, has conventional queen, double and family rooms as well as the self-contained pods. 

The latter are equipped with a king-size single bed, storage lockers, power supply, a fan and wi-fi. There are eight pods to a room, with shared bathroom facilities and a common area with a kitchen. 

The pods are available overnight or by the hour, with prices from $39 a night. 

The 271-bed hotel, which is owned by campervan and car rental company Jucy, also offers self check-in and check-out using a smartphone or kiosk. 

Jucy also has accommodation in Auckland. It's set to open a new Jucy Snooze featuring the pods in Queenstown in June, with plans to bring the concept to additional locations in New Zealand and Australia. 

Top picture: A common area at Jucy Snooze Christchurch. Picture supplied 

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