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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 Outdoor, Glamping, Otago, Building, Cabin, Retreat, Secret Rooms, Cladding, 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
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, Boat, Secluded, Family Farm, Central Otago, Peninsula, Sheep Farm
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, Outdoor Spaces, Design, Property, Walkway, House, Wooden Walkways, Large Sheds
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?
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, Dinghy, Auckland, Regatta, Racing, Yacht, Set Sail, Refit
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.
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 Picturesque, Olds, Beach, Enjoyment, Farm, Christchurch
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 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 Home, Architecture, Garden, Landscape, Architect
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
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 Pasture
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
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, Acre, Couples, Taupo, Hut, Paths, Life, Off The Grid
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
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 Outdoor Living, 1980s, Halcyon Days, Cottage, Stevenson, Tourist
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
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 Designers, Victoria, Garden Landscaping
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
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. Décor, Retro, Vintage, Retro Decor, Vintage Items, Vintage Patterns, Decor, Ceramic Artists, Hostess
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.
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. Anne, Waiheke Island, Mermaid, Ostend, Island, Home And Garden, Artist
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.
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. Jaguar, Very Small Dogs, Jaguar Models, Big Car, Stick It Out, Morris Minor, British Steel
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 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 Plants, Flower Spike, Picton, Lush Garden, Japanese Water Garden, Natural Environment, Growing Tree
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
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. Cottage Garden, Residences
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.
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, Nature, Bay, David, Natural World, Outside World
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.
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
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
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye. Two Men, Two Dogs, City, Far More, Brick, Mausoleum
A couple finally surrenders to Naseby’s charm and slower pace of life
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye.
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. Studio, Seascape, Quiet Beach, Sea
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.
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye. Dunedin, Trip, Brick House, Work Travel
A couple finally surrenders to Naseby’s charm and slower pace of life
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye.
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. Art, Wood, Craftsman, Woodworking Shop, Woodworking, Wrought, Traditional Birdhouses, Blacksmithing
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. Backdrops, Rome, Roman, Romans, Claude, Maori, Native American Girls
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.
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. Greece, Grands
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.
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye. Old House, Slow Living, Roof, Towns
A couple finally surrenders to Naseby’s charm and slower pace of life
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye.
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye. Wallpaper
A couple finally surrenders to Naseby’s charm and slower pace of life
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye.
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye.
A couple finally surrenders to Naseby’s charm and slower pace of life
Two men, two dogs and 50-odd phones vie for space in a 19th-century Naseby mud-brick home. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Guy Frederick If the tiny township of Naseby has far more phones per head of population than is normal, it’s entirely Craig Sherson’s fault. He is a man with a profound weakness for old telephonic treasures and thinks there might be 50 or so under his roof — a tally upon which his partner Paul O’Sullivan keeps a wary eye.
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. Entrance, 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.
Words: Lynda Hallinan Photos: Sally Tagg When you grow up in an apple orchard, perhaps it’s inevitable that you won’t fall far from the tree. For Clevedon artist Katie Blundell, returning to her roots has meant making a home — and a studio, teaching workshop and gallery — in the same 1970s barn where, as a child, she helped her grandparents bag fruit. Roots, Transformations, Orchard, Growing, Arboretum, Artland, Growing Up, Apple
Transforming an apple orchard into an art-filled arboretum in Clevedon
Words: Lynda Hallinan Photos: Sally Tagg When you grow up in an apple orchard, perhaps it’s inevitable that you won’t fall far from the tree. For Clevedon artist Katie Blundell, returning to her roots has meant making a home — and a studio, teaching workshop and gallery — in the same 1970s barn where, as a child, she helped her grandparents bag fruit.
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, Abstract
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.
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. Husband, Masterpiece
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.