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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 Glamping, Homes, Hill Country, Country Farm, Farm, Retreat, East, Otago, Beef Farming
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 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 Home, Hillside, Lots Of Windows, Rural, Waiheke Island, Island, Home To Roost
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
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 Beach Cabin, Central Otago, Boat, Secluded, Chapman's, Family Farm, Bay, Peninsula
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? Exterior, Ideas, Modern Farmhouse, Architecture, Design, Modern, Facade, Zanzibar, House
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?
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 Plants, Agritourism, Off The Grid, Dunedin, Old Room
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 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 School Architecture, Masterton, Architect, Grand Designs, Grands, Central Area
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 Acre, Lake, Off Grid Living, Hut, Tiny House, Auckland, Sanctuary
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
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 Building, Rebuild
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 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 Tours, Rafting, Landscape, King And Country, Climbers, Visiting, All In The Family, Limestone
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
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 New Plymouth, Tracy Chapman, Journalist, Winder, Smart, Jane, Freelance Gig, Advocate, Johnson
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
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 Fruit Trees, Picton, Japanese Water Garden, Flower Spike, Extraordinary, Christchurch, Garden, Redwood
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
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. Inspiration, Artists, Nature, Isle Of Wight, David Trubridge, Stone Houses
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.
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. Photo, Life, Domestic, Porirua, Work, Design Projects, Nicolas
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.
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? Places, Upper, Countryside, Motueka, Glorious, Woodland, Paths, Central City
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?
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 Explore, Region
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
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb. Rome, Romans, Artist, Claude, Masterpiece, Scape
The painter and casale-maker: Waiheke artist Gabriella Lewenz and husband Claude
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb.
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 Suburban, Old Trees, Giant Tree, Grounds
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
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? Gardening, People, Property, Country Gardening, Wetland
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?
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. Indoor
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 craftsman working in stone, iron and wood channels his Celtic forebears and takes his time to make everything look just so. Words: Nathalie Brown Photos: Rachael McKenna Murray’s is not a souvenir shop or a gift shop but an artisans’ outlet that sells handcrafted works: bespoke, quirky and eclectic. The items here are destined to become family heirlooms. Craftsman, Oamaru, Celtic, Handmade, Family Heirloom, Scandinavian Style, Weathervanes, Artisan
How this Otago craftsman and his clan are reviving the art of handmade goods
A craftsman working in stone, iron and wood channels his Celtic forebears and takes his time to make everything look just so. Words: Nathalie Brown Photos: Rachael McKenna Murray’s is not a souvenir shop or a gift shop but an artisans’ outlet that sells handcrafted works: bespoke, quirky and eclectic. The items here are destined to become family heirlooms.
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb. Contemporary Art, Tower, Gallery
The painter and casale-maker: Waiheke artist Gabriella Lewenz and husband Claude
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb.
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. Polyhedron
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.
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb. World, Greece, Courtyard
The painter and casale-maker: Waiheke artist Gabriella Lewenz and husband Claude
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb.
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? Man, Natural, Kate, Photos
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?
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb. Couple, Half, Easy
The painter and casale-maker: Waiheke artist Gabriella Lewenz and husband Claude
She is an artist, he has grand ideas; a couple so enamoured with bringing beauty to the world has transformed a Waiheke hillside into an earth-brick masterpiece. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Sonja Read As the adage goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s easy to imagine the Romans smiling down on this Mediterranean-like abode on Waiheke Island, where American couple Gabriella and Claude Lewenz have carried out, well, at least half of the proverb.
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 Vintage, 1980s, Cottage, Mckenna, Family, Claire
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
Words:Kate CoughlanPhotos: Tessa Chrisp Nicola and Jonathan Custance were about to embark on a major rebuild of their central-city home when they came across Pari Moana and made a very different lifestyle choice — one offering generous spaces, a large garden, a country-style school and a friendly community vibe. The house was designed by Stephen Seddon and completed in 1994. Many hours of hard work have driven a designing couple to great career heights. It helps that they like each other — a lot Country, Style, Lifestyle, City
Jonathan and Nicola Custance find work/ life balance in their resort-like home and office in Porirua
Words:Kate CoughlanPhotos: Tessa Chrisp Nicola and Jonathan Custance were about to embark on a major rebuild of their central-city home when they came across Pari Moana and made a very different lifestyle choice — one offering generous spaces, a large garden, a country-style school and a friendly community vibe. The house was designed by Stephen Seddon and completed in 1994. Many hours of hard work have driven a designing couple to great career heights. It helps that they like each other — a lot
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, Earth, Outdoor, Architecture House, Architecture Design, Pool, Modern House
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”. Haus, Modern Design
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”.