Kitchen of the Year Won by New Zealand’s Mal Corboy

Mal Corboy’s winning kitchen in a Hekarua Bay house on Waiheke Island

Mal Corboy’s kitchen in a house on which sits upon a cliff-face has won the Society of British International Design (SBID) Awards’ KBB category.

“I feel this win is not only for myself, but for the design community in general, showing the world that designers in New Zealand and Australia have a lot to offer, we can push the boundaries of design,” designer Mal Corboy said.

The kitchen was praised for its three-fold functionality and its attention to detail. The project includes a kitchen, a scullery, and a temperature-controlled wine cellar finished with zebrano timber, white Corian, glass and stainless steel. Central to the space is the island with wave-like, flared sides inversely reflecting the curve in the bulkhead above, and washed with LED lights at night in the client’s choice of colour and strength.

Winners of the fourth annual SBID Awards were announced on 14 November at The Dorchester hotel in London, England. The SBID Awards recognise design excellence across 15 categories including hotel design, retail design, hospitality design and entertainment space design. This year, entries were received from more than 30 countries.


New Listing – 1220 Gibbston Highway, Arrow Junction

This picturesque rural residence has been built with family and entertaining in mind

Expansive panoramic views take in the spectacular mountains and provide impressive year round sunlight hours. Located just 6.2km from Historic Arrowtown and positioned above the Arrow River, this opportunity excels upon viewing.

This picturesque rural residence has been built with family and entertaining in mind. It is privately nestled into its stunning landscape of six acres without compromising the panoramic aspect of the regions most iconic ranges. The mature gardens, fruit trees, rolling lawns, water features, and sensational vegetable garden are unique and abundant.

For more information please follow this link to: 1220 Gibbston Highway, Arrow Junction

New Listing – Harbourside Views, Bay of Islands

This property presents with elevated water views and nautical charm

Established on the fringe of the harbour, the property sits in landscaped privacy amid a limited enclave of traditional-style homes so frequently admired by visitors and locals alike.The house has retained lots of character whilst presenting with modern appeal, including the well-appointed kitchen. Features include the fresh interiors, polished timber floor and lovely outdoor decking. This bayside location is only approximately 350m from Russell wharf and even closer to the award-winning Duke of Marlborough Hotel and water’s edge. What a fabulous offering in this great location.

For more information regarding this property please follow this link to Harbourside Views, Russell, Bay of Islands

New Zealand Named World’s Best Country

New Zealand wins Telegraph award for “Best Country”

John Key has welcomed New Zealand’s victory in the coveted “favourite country” category of the Telegraph Travel Awards 2014, the world’s biggest reader travel awards.

“The winning of a prestigious award like this, voted by the public, is a great accolade for our country and bodes well for our tourism industry. We believe one of the real strengths of the tourism experience in New Zealand is that it lives up to the hype. Too often a lot of people go to a destination where ultimately it is never as good as the brochure, whereas in New Zealand we think people come and get an experience that is better than the brochure.”

Ben Ross, Telegraph Travel’s head of print, writes: “One thing remains constant − and that’s the abiding love that Telegraph readers have for one country: New Zealand.

This is the third year in a row that New Zealand has won the prestigious Telegraph Travel Awards, perhaps because it delivers everything a traveller could want including some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

New Listing – Poolside Entertaining, Bay of Islands

Stylish waterfront retreat with chic interiors

Occupying a prime position in Riverview Road, this elaborate home presides over approximately 2,809m2 of landscaped grounds.This is a magnificent home for entertaining with a layout that offers an array of indoor and outdoor spaces to cater for any occasion. The open-plan kitchen with scullery and dining area opens onto the pool level, as does the inside lounge. Surrounding the pool, the sun decks and outdoor lounge are also serviced by a sizeable bar.

For more information please follow this link to Poolside Entertaining, Bay of Islands

Arrowtown Long Lunch

Arrowtown’s al fresco Long Lunch takes place along picturesque Buckingham St

Arrowtown’s annual Long Lunch on December 5th heralds the beginning of summer. The event features a line of tables running from one end of the main road to the other and includes live music for entertainment. Diners view the menus on the event website and pick a seat with one of Arrowtown’s excellent eateries. Locals and tourists alike have a fantastic time eating in the aid of charity. Funds raised from this year’s lunch will go to The Arrowtown Charitable Trust in aid of the Arrowtown Heratige Lighting Project which aims to create a cohesive night environment unique to Arrowtown.

The Long Lunch has gained popularity since it was first hosted by Chard Farm in 2011, and although the event is designed to last 3 hours between 1 and 4 pm, one diner apparently had an extra long lunch running late into the evening. Since then the event has donated its profits to charities including the Queenstown Trails Trust and Cure Kids. Tables are booked out for 2014; join diners next year for an al fresco afternoon of food, wine and entertainment on the main street of Arrowtown.

New Listing – 25 Drift Bay Road, Queenstown

Private lake front home with views of Lake Wakatipu and mountain ranges

Our latest listing at 25 Drift Bay Road is a modern architectural waterfront home situated on 3,017 square metres of premium lake front land just 15 kilometres from Queenstown airport. The extremely private home sits naturally on the fully landscaped property with magnificent Lake Wakatipu views, and a backdrop of Cecil Peak and many other picturesque mountain ranges.

The land size is just under the threshold for international purchasers so this property is an investment that can be sold on the global market and will no doubt mature well as lakefront sites become more and more rare.

For more information please follow this link to 25 Drift Bay Road, Queenstown

New Listing – 147 Gibbston Back Road, Queenstown

Luxury and refinement with magnificent mountain views and pinot noir vineyard

Follow this link for images and a spectacular aerial video

Arguably the most luxurious estate ever to become available within New Zealand’s famous wine growing region. Included within the estate is a four-hectare pinot noir vineyard positioned in front of the exquisitely landscaped gardens.

Long hours of sunshine engulf this property and as soon as you enter its rural gates a sense of peace bestows you. The established gardens are perfectly manicured and have magnificent panoramic mountain and rural views. In addition there is a fully enclosed organic vegetable garden. The estate has been meticulously maintained with its own property manager whilst the vineyard is currently in a long-term contract with a prominent New Zealand producer.

For more information regarding this listing follow this link to  147 Gibbston Back Road

SOLD – Waterfront Estate, Coromandel Peninsula

This opulent residence sits elevated high above a secluded beach

Our recent sale is this waterfront estate which 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.

The entire property, house and pool area enjoy total seclusion and privacy with extensive unimpeded 180-degree views over the Pacific Ocean, the Alderman Group, Shoe and Slipper Islands along with Mount Paku to the south and extending right through to Pauanui Beach.

For more information on this latest sale follow this link to Waterfront Estate, Coromandel Peninsula

“Flat out beautiful”- Queenstown Marathon, 22 November 2014

A dash of inspiration before the final stretches of the Queenstown Marathon

The countdown is on and the inaugural Queenstown Marathon kicks off this Saturday 22 November.  The course is described as “flat out beautiful” and covers a unique mix of running terrain – 70% on hard packed trail and 30% on road.

Starting at Millbrook Resort the full marathon then takes you along the shores of Lake Hayes exiting at Rutherford Road,  via Speargrass Flat Road where the half marathon runners join the course.  From here it continues along the road until meeting up with the Wakatipu Trail on Domain Road.  The trail follows the spectacular Shotover River and takes in epic views of the Remarkables Mountain range and eventually follows the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu to the Queenstown Gardens and finishes at the Queenstown Recreation Grounds.

The event has attracted over 10,000 visitors and participants to the region along with it extensive media coverage and huge economic benefits for the local region.  There will be a number of road closures on the day, visit the Queenstown Marathon website to find out more.