Price reduced by $300,000 – Papa Aroha, Coromandel Peninsula

Built to the highest quality with architecture that captures the best of the environment

One of the few remaining properties with acreage of this scale (over 79ha) on the Coromandel Peninsula is now available for sale for the first time since the home was built.  Stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf – over Waiheke Island to Rangitoto Island and beyond to the sky tower in downtown Auckland.

The four bedroom home has been built to the highest quality with architecture that captures the best of the environment from every room.  Only a short drive to Coromandel township the location offers privacy and seclusion with amenity just around the corner. Viewings are available by appointment and need to be arranged in advance.

For more information on this stunning opportunity follow this link to Papa Aroha, Coromandel Peninsula


SOLD – Centennial Avenue, Arrowtown

Landscaped to perfection, with its own private pond and a wine cave

Set in its own rural enclave, less than 3kms from Arrowtown lies this stunning 7.5 acre sanctuary.

The spacious 4 bedroom 5 bathroom home is north-facing taking in long hours of sunshine and uninterrupted views of Coronet Peak. Everything you would expect in a build of this quality has been thoughtfully executed from the impressive dining room to the peaceful living areas and beyond to the external features of the property.

For more information on this latest sale follow this link to Centennial Avenue, Arrowtown


Just listed – Pigeon Rock Road, Bannockburn

The landscaping provides a seamless transition from the property into the environment.

At the end of Pigeon Rock Road sits this private, elevated home in the unique landscape of Bannockburn. The landholding spans 23 acres and overlooks neighbouring horticultural blocks of vineyards, cherry orchards and olive groves . Extensive views take in wide mountain vistas of the Pisa Range and Mount Difficulty then beyond to Lake Dunstan.

The house itself underwent extensive renovation in 2013 with particular attention given to completing a home of very high standard. The result is a contemporary 324sqm residence with two large bedrooms in the main dwelling and two sleeping areas in the attached open-plan barn. Clearly this unique environment has inspired the internal design incorporating natural materials including schist, wooden beams, tiled floors, composite granite bench top and the polished concrete floors of the barn.

For more information follow this link to Pigeon Rock Road, Bannockburn

The fish are biting in Northland

The 2014 Snapper Bonanza, Northland

Just a few hours drive north from the Bay of Islands, the 90-mile beach has just played host to the 2014 Snapper Bonanza.  Northland really turned on the weather and anglers from all corners of the globe made the best of the stunning conditions.

Competing for cash and prizes worth a total of $100,000, over 700 competitors managed to land a record number of fish with the winning effort, weighing in at 9.99kg being caught in the first few hours of the 5 day tournament.  With this big a prize pool up for grabs this competition is going from strength to strength and is now the biggest land based competition of its kind in the southern hemisphere!

SOLD – Hensman Road, Queenstown

High on Queenstown Hill only a few minutes from downtown Queenstown

An excellent Queenstown Hill location combined with a quality home creates a well built property only a few minutes from central Queenstown.

The open plan kitchen and dining room leads into a very cosy living area with an open fire and amazing views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain range.

Also featured are five bedrooms, two of these are master bedrooms with ensuites, and a large double car garage. The big all weather outside deck takes advantage of these fantastic views and features a large open fire – perfect for al fresco dining.

For more information on this latest sale follow this like to Hensman Road, Queenstown


Palm Springs – the epitome of luxury living

Clean lines and open spaces – architect Michael Johnson

This Palm Springs house features clean lines and open spaces, it is a mid century style home by architect Michael Johnson.

“A spectacular large swimming pool is the focus point at the front of the property, with all of the open plan living areas spilling out to surround it. The minimal colour palette of whites, greys and beiges has been achieved by incorporating a variety of muted materials such as concrete bricks and tiles, natural stone and floor to ceiling glass.” via Design Folio

The true essence of this home is captured in a series of striking images and can be viewed by follow this link to photographer James Haefner.

It’s all about the bike, Queenstown 12 – 20 April 2014

Flying over the Wakatipu in the Coronet Enduro, Queenstown Bike Festival

Queenstown is a world-class biking destination.  There are over 110km of dedicated mountain bike trails, a gondola serviced bike park, one of the world’s best public jump parks, numerous downhill tracks, stunning road rides and a new bike resort at Rabbit Ridge.

The bike festival is a 10-day celebration of all things biking.  It offers a comprehensive programme of events for riders of all abilities – Dirtmasters Downhill, Coronet Enduro, social coffee rides, Tour de Wakatipu and the ever popular downtown spectator event “Slopestyle”.

Check out the Queenstown Bike Festival website for detailed information.

SOLD – The Mews 8, Millbrook

Sold – superbly positioned Mews 8 in prestigious Millbrook Resort

Now sold – Mews 8 is superbly positioned in the most sought after area of the prestigious Millbrook Resort, a three hundred metre stroll will take you to the various restaurants, tennis courts, fitness centre and pool. Situated on 411 square metres of freehold, mature grounds this sophisticated cottage overlooks four fairways of open natural landscape giving you a stunning green belt to the sprawling mountains beyond.

For more information on this listing follow this link to Mews 8, Millbrook


New Zealand’s first double chairlift, Coronet Peak 1962

Coronet Peak, circa 1962 – (Photo Helen Elliot)

Coronet Peak was New Zealand’s first commercial ski area, it opened in 1947 with a single rope tow.  The first chairlift was installed in 1962.  Developments over the years have transformed Coronet Peak into a world class facility, it is widely considered New Zealand’s most stylish and cosmopolitan ski area.

The constant upgrade of facilities keeps Coronet Peak one step ahead of the rest – Coronet Peak is the only field in New Zealand to offer Friday and Saturday night skiing.  This year’s night skiing is set to be the best yet.  There will be double the amount of illuminated terrain and a “Park after Dark” with boxes, rails and a giant airbag.

For more information visit Coronet Peak 2014


Coromandel Waterfront – present all offers

Exclusive, exotic and very private waterfront location

Distinctive and opulent, this beachfront residence sits elevated high above a secluded beach and simply revels in its location and aspect. Grand in style and proportion, this home offers unrivalled splendour and luxury in one of New Zealand’s most treasured destinations. The Coromandel Peninsula is located on the east coast of the North Island and is within a ninety-minute drive of the three major centres of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga.

For  more information on this outstanding opportunity follow this link to Pumpkin Hill, Coromandel Peninsula