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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 Places, Dream, Explore, Waiheke Island, Rural, Dilapidated, Pedestrian, New Homes, Green Roof
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
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna Jewellery, Pearls, Beautiful, Radon, Picton, Blue Pearl, Jewelry, Urchin, Underwater
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
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. Classic Yachts, Classic, World, Water, Auckland, Refit, Regatta, Fleet
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.
The man often referred to as the godfather of Central Otago wine for having the chutzpah to plant grapes in barren Gibbston Valley land when many frowned upon such horticultural foolery, is still chasing the perfect pinot well into his 80s. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna Irish, New Zealand, Irish Men, Legend, Roots, Pinot, Life, Frowning
An Otago winemaking legend’s latest project takes him back to his roots
The man often referred to as the godfather of Central Otago wine for having the chutzpah to plant grapes in barren Gibbston Valley land when many frowned upon such horticultural foolery, is still chasing the perfect pinot well into his 80s. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna Tours, Alaska, Creatures, Tourist, Farm, Coast
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
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. Dinghy, Set Sail
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.
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 Hillside, Lots Of Windows, Olds, Island, Retreat
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
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? Design, Bay Of Plenty, Walkway, Property, Landscape, Building, South Island, Wooden Walkways, Approach
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?
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna Beach
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna Old Things
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan 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 Boat, Beach Cabin, Central Otago, Secluded, Bay, Places To See, Family Farm, Chapman's
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 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 Prehistoric, Rafting, Art, Adventure, Region, Visit New Zealand
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
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. Nature, Inspiration, Voyage, Naval
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.
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. Racing
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.
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Sonja Read A third-generation Waiheke Islander has her feet firmly planted on the soil. However, her head and heart are often off with the arts — in a supporting role at least. Hong Kong, Plants, Sarah, Kong, Backyard
Sarah Judkins is back home among the grapevines (and arts) on Waiheke Island
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Sonja Read A third-generation Waiheke Islander has her feet firmly planted on the soil. However, her head and heart are often off with the arts — in a supporting role at least.
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Tessa Chrisp Their life in the slow lane of a small town had come about by accident rather than design when they fell in love with a large villa on a leafy backstreet in Greytown during a Sunday drive and thought it would make a perfect weekender. The combination of a Monday-Friday life in Wellington’s inner-city Tory Street seemed to dovetail perfectly with weekends in Greytown. Weekender, Street, Wellington, Lane, Towns, Small Towns, Picturesque, Inner City
How Greytown icons Mr and Mrs Blackwell got bitten by the small-town bug
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Tessa Chrisp Their life in the slow lane of a small town had come about by accident rather than design when they fell in love with a large villa on a leafy backstreet in Greytown during a Sunday drive and thought it would make a perfect weekender. The combination of a Monday-Friday life in Wellington’s inner-city Tory Street seemed to dovetail perfectly with weekends in Greytown.
Words: Claire McCall Photos: Tessa Chrisp Many want to change the world when young. Not many do. But for broadcast journalist Melanie Reid, whose first serious act of activism was halting a massive industrial development on the outskirts of her hometown of Queenstown aged 17, that fire inside has never died. Her canniest move yet might just be buying this 1940s seafront bach in Piha after already convincing the original family owners to rent it to her a decade earlier. Industrial, Queenstown, Mccall, Claire, 1940s, Hometown
Inside journalist Melanie Reid’s seafront bach-turned-home at Piha Beach
Words: Claire McCall Photos: Tessa Chrisp Many want to change the world when young. Not many do. But for broadcast journalist Melanie Reid, whose first serious act of activism was halting a massive industrial development on the outskirts of her hometown of Queenstown aged 17, that fire inside has never died. Her canniest move yet might just be buying this 1940s seafront bach in Piha after already convincing the original family owners to rent it to her a decade earlier.
Words: Claire McCall Photos: Tessa Chrisp Many want to change the world when young. Not many do. But for broadcast journalist Melanie Reid, whose first serious act of activism was halting a massive industrial development on the outskirts of her hometown of Queenstown aged 17, that fire inside has never died. Her canniest move yet might just be buying this 1940s seafront bach in Piha after already convincing the original family owners to rent it to her a decade earlier. Surf Competition, Big Comfy Chair, Otago, Bach, Professional Surfers, Industrial Development
Inside journalist Melanie Reid’s seafront bach-turned-home at Piha Beach
Words: Claire McCall Photos: Tessa Chrisp Many want to change the world when young. Not many do. But for broadcast journalist Melanie Reid, whose first serious act of activism was halting a massive industrial development on the outskirts of her hometown of Queenstown aged 17, that fire inside has never died. Her canniest move yet might just be buying this 1940s seafront bach in Piha after already convincing the original family owners to rent it to her a decade earlier.
Words: Claire McCall Photos: Tessa Chrisp Many want to change the world when young. Not many do. But for broadcast journalist Melanie Reid, whose first serious act of activism was halting a massive industrial development on the outskirts of her hometown of Queenstown aged 17, that fire inside has never died. Her canniest move yet might just be buying this 1940s seafront bach in Piha after already convincing the original family owners to rent it to her a decade earlier. Surfer
Inside journalist Melanie Reid’s seafront bach-turned-home at Piha Beach
Words: Claire McCall Photos: Tessa Chrisp Many want to change the world when young. Not many do. But for broadcast journalist Melanie Reid, whose first serious act of activism was halting a massive industrial development on the outskirts of her hometown of Queenstown aged 17, that fire inside has never died. Her canniest move yet might just be buying this 1940s seafront bach in Piha after already convincing the original family owners to rent it to her a decade earlier.
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher On a headland they call Faraway Cove, and by a tree they call the Faraway Tree, they planned and built Faraway Cabin. The building of the house went hand-in-hand with another journey the pair had embarked upon as they drove Gunther north towards that frozen place with a name that means “end of the earth”. House Design, Haus, House, Faraway Tree, Nomad, Far North, Travel Couple
The nomadic couple behind Expedition Earth returns to nest in a two-pod tiny house in the Far North
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher On a headland they call Faraway Cove, and by a tree they call the Faraway Tree, they planned and built Faraway Cabin. The building of the house went hand-in-hand with another journey the pair had embarked upon as they drove Gunther north towards that frozen place with a name that means “end of the earth”.
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher On a headland they call Faraway Cove, and by a tree they call the Faraway Tree, they planned and built Faraway Cabin. The building of the house went hand-in-hand with another journey the pair had embarked upon as they drove Gunther north towards that frozen place with a name that means “end of the earth”. Outdoor, Exterior, Couples, Headland
The nomadic couple behind Expedition Earth returns to nest in a two-pod tiny house in the Far North
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher On a headland they call Faraway Cove, and by a tree they call the Faraway Tree, they planned and built Faraway Cabin. The building of the house went hand-in-hand with another journey the pair had embarked upon as they drove Gunther north towards that frozen place with a name that means “end of the earth”.
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife Ideas, Glamping, Canterbury, Hereford, Hill Country, Hut, Hills
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
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Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
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Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
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Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
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Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury
Hut on the hill: Explore this wee hut on a 1400ha farm in north Canterbury - thisNZlife
The re-wilding of Joanna Wickham: This photographer left Auckland to run a glamping business in the bush - thisNZlife Layout, Wild Forest, Natural Landmarks, Urban Life
The re-wilding of Joanna Wickham: This photographer left Auckland to run a glamping business in the bush
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