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a man and woman sitting in a large wooden bathtub on top of a mountain
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
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 Flash Flood, Farm Photos, Central Otago, Beach Cabin, Outdoor Bath, Sheep Farm, Over The Hill, Private Beach, Boarding School
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
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? Building Things, Wooden Walkways, Ranch Exterior, Large Sheds, Hydrangea Macrophylla, Built In Seating, Garden Designer, White Bridal Bouquet, Open Fires
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?
three people sitting on the front of a sailboat in the water at sunset or sunrise
The classic yacht gracing Auckland’s waters for nearly 90 years
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago.
a tent set up in the middle of a field with two chairs and a table
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
a group of people sitting at a table in the middle of a yard with green grass
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
two women sitting on wooden chairs in front of an outdoor hot tub with the ocean in the background
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
three people sitting around a fire pit on the back porch with their dogs watching them
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
an outdoor patio with table and chairs next to a white house surrounded by trees in the background
The Bennetto family’s goldmine-era cottage is one of the most photographed in Arrowtown
It’s loved by visitors to Arrowtown for its historic 1870s bones, but Stevenson’s Cottage is a portal to the halcyon days of this family’s 1980s youth. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
several people sitting at a table in the middle of an outdoor area with greenery
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
a table topped with cupcakes and muffins next to a tea pot
Retro décor and dresses never fail to brighten this collector’s day
Photos: Tessa Chrisp There’s a sort of freedom in vintage patterns from the 1950s and 1960s; a kind of wild, spit-in-your-eye bravado — for example, the John Russell-designed Dolly Days hostess ware in Natalie Robinson-Tantin’s kitchen.
a small white greenhouse in the middle of a yard with potted plants and gardening tools
Inside the fantastical home and garden of Waiheke artist (and former mermaid) Ann Skelly
Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp There is truth in the fabled sightings of Waiheke Island’s purple-finned mermaid. Ann Skelly, a studio painter in Ostend, didn’t intend to become part of local folklore when she hauled her custom-made mermaid tail to a quiet beach, shimmied her toes into the fin, and cast her fantastical alter-ego into the sea.
a group of people sitting on top of a wooden deck
A father’s Jag-loving spirit lives on through his son and their 1964 Jaguar Mk2
Photos: Tessa Chrisp He fell in love with it — the hidden map lights under the dash, the four internal lights and, the best thing of all, the sound of the famous XK Jaguar twin-cam engine.
a wooden bench sitting on top of a lush green park next to tall grass and trees
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
an outdoor dining area with table, chairs and potted plants
Inside the fantastical home and garden of Waiheke artist (and former mermaid) Ann Skelly
Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp There is truth in the fabled sightings of Waiheke Island’s purple-finned mermaid. Ann Skelly, a studio painter in Ostend, didn’t intend to become part of local folklore when she hauled her custom-made mermaid tail to a quiet beach, shimmied her toes into the fin, and cast her fantastical alter-ego into the sea.