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A family in Waikouaiti have crafted a glamping haven under their farm’s tussocks
What was once a rocky outcrop used by shepherds to clock their flock is now the site of an off-grid retreat high on an East Otago sheep and beef farm. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
the house is surrounded by lush green trees and shrubs, with water in the background
A train carriage that sits upon a Waiheke Island hill is the product of childhood dreams
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp
a white house sitting on top of a lush green field
A generations-old family farm on the Banks Peninsula is straight out of a storybook
To reach Lavericks Bay, head towards Akaroa, swing up and over the hill to Le Bons Bay, and then down the steep road that ends at the Chapmans’ picturesque private beach. Harriet’s grandmother would once catch a boat from a now non-existent wharf to attend boarding school in Christchurch. Seven generations of one family have loved Lavericks Bay life, and now visitors can also enjoy the many charms of this secluded sheep farm. Photos: Rachael McKenna
the house is surrounded by lush green grass and has an open floor plan with glass windows
A designer and her husband approach every property as a challenge to “learn by doing”
He is good at building things; she is clever in the garden. The home and life they’ve built together are outward-focused, expansive and rewarding. Words: Heather Kidd Photos: Tessa Chrisp Mystery awaits upon arriving at the Pahoia home of garden designer Celia Laity and her husband, Hugh. What lies behind the large shed? Or beyond the house, where the first thing to catch the eye is a wooden walkway?
an aerial view of a grassy area with rocks and plants
A family in Waikouaiti have crafted a glamping haven under their farm’s tussocks
What was once a rocky outcrop used by shepherds to clock their flock is now the site of an off-grid retreat high on an East Otago sheep and beef farm. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
an outdoor area with various potted plants and trees
Grand designs on a budget: A clever couple turns junk into a curated Carterton home
The eight-year-old Carterton home of Gregg Crimp (now a registered architect) and his partner David Robinson (also a graduate of the Victoria University School of Architecture) is a display case for repurposing. A house so leak-free it might pop if air were pumped into it delights its owners-designers, who smile every day at its light and effective footprint. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Esther Bunning
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp Fruit Trees, Thoroughbred Horse, Young Couple, Minimal Chic, Fresh Eggs, Off Grid Living, Off The Grid, Small Home
Chic minimalism meets off-grid living at this couple’s home, hut and land near Taupō
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp
Chic minimalism meets off-grid living at this couple’s home, hut and land near Taupō
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp
a large white building sitting on top of a lush green field under a blue sky
Grand designs on a budget: A clever couple turns junk into a curated Carterton home
The eight-year-old Carterton home of Gregg Crimp (now a registered architect) and his partner David Robinson (also a graduate of the Victoria University School of Architecture) is a display case for repurposing. A house so leak-free it might pop if air were pumped into it delights its owners-designers, who smile every day at its light and effective footprint. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Esther Bunning
an aerial view of some rocks in the foreground and green hills in the background
Moa bones, caves and velvet worms: Explore the prehistoric treasures at this family’s Waitomo farm
A spirited Waitomo clan have filled their lives with art and adventure, exploring every nook and cranny of their region and sharing some of its best bits with visitors. Words: Jane Warwick Photos: Tessa Chrisp
two people standing in front of a white house with blue trim on the porch and windows
The colourful world of maximalist, journalist and mental-health advocate Virginia Winder
More is more when it comes to handbags, hot sauce and living life to the max for Taranaki’s Virginia Winder and Warren Smart. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Jane Dove Juneau
the house is surrounded by lush green trees and plants, along with stone walkways
Turning a clay pan into the extraordinary Japanese-inspired native garden, Moritaki
A lush garden in suburban Blenheim has sprung from crowbarred holes in a clay pan planted with native shrubs and trees. It’s taken Andrea and Pete Forrest two decades to create Moritaki — one of the stars of November’s Garden Marlborough event. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen Andrea and Pete Forrest are unsure why they decided to go totally native when developing a half-hectare two-section property in a new subdivision on the outskirts of Blenheim near the foothills of Wither Hills
the house is surrounded by lush green hills
Hawke’s Bay designer David Trubridge finds inspiration from Mother Nature herself
Many artists spend their entire lives searching for inspiration. But for David Trubridge, the natural world has everything he could need. Words: Michael Andrew Photos: Tessa Chrisp It’s hard to imagine where designer David Trubridge would be without the ocean. The Hawke’s Bay-based lighting, furniture, jewelry-maker and author has spent a lifetime rising and falling with its swells, borne by its currents, mesmerized by its immensity.
a modern house lit up at night with lights on the windows and dark clouds in the background
Jonathan and Nicola Custance find work/ life balance in their resort-like home and office in Porirua
Photo:Tessa Chrisp The pledge to be his best at everything and to be driven by that rather than material gain was no idle commitment nor vain thought, evidenced by the work he and his business and life partner, wife Nicola Custance, have created in outstanding commercial and domestic spaces. In 2020, Jonathan received a Black Pin from the Designers Institute of New Zealand, awarded to someone who has made a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession and its culture.
a white house sitting on top of a lake surrounded by fall foliage and trees in the background
The man behind this magical Upper Moutere garden tells aspiring gardeners to be fearless
After 40-plus years of developing a large property, Michael Edwardes is beginning to recognize that he is more than okay at this gardening business. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen “Why don’t more people garden?” wonders Michael Edwardes. “It just seems natural to me.” He pauses along the leafy paths of his four-hectare woodland and wetland garden north of Nelson near Upper Moutere, and one has to agree. Why wouldn’t everyone aspire to have such a glorious place to call home?