New Listing – 379a Gordons Road, Waiheke Island

North facing island sanctuary framed by magnificent views

Perched at the end of an exclusive enclave, this prestigious Waiheke home offers all you could want in an island sanctuary.

Acclaimed architect Simon Carnachan has configured this striking property to maximise the panoramic views, which stretch uninterrupted through the house to the sea and islands beyond.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to: 379a Gordons Road, Waikeke Island

New Listing – 222 Lower Shotover Road, Queenstown

Spacious Kerry Mason designed home with additional self-contained accommodation

Situated on one of the most sought after land positions in Queenstown, this 547 square metre Kerry Mason designed home was completed in 2012. The adjoining barn offers a further 244 square metres and has its own self-contained living areas of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two car garaging and a large workshop.

The land parcel offered is 3.926ha with an option to purchase an adjoining land parcel increasing the area to 8.1 hectares. Planting has been in place for many years creating an established environment for the two buildings. A large pond to the north of the main house captures incredible reflections from the surrounding mountain ranges.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to: 222 Lower Shotover Road, Queenstown

Arrowtown Autumn Festival 2015

During the gold rush, settlers planted European deciduous trees throughout Arrowtown

Now running for 30 years, the Arrowtown Autumn Festival  held from April 10 to 19, attracts large numbers of locals and visitors. Each year people come in droves to take in the stunning scenery and see festival attractions such as the street parade, the Arrow Miners Band play on the Old Red truck and the Buckingham Belles Can Can at the lunchtime entertainment. Many long held festival traditions like the Art Exhibition, the Grand Variety Concert, the Vintage Cars, the Shotover Country Music Concert and the Arrowtown Entertainers Musical remain very popular today.

Over 110 stallholders for this year’s Market Day have been confirmed, expanding out the Village Green. Food vendors will be operating from a new area this year to encompass more of town. Entertainment will be provided by Lyall McGregor, Muscians from the Rock Formation Trust, and street performer Adrian Kirk. The day culminates with the Street Parade showcasing the town’s businesses and community groups.

Queenstown voted top destination in New Zealand and the South Pacific

Queenstown has been rated as one of the world’s top 25 destinations by TripAdvisor.

Queenstown has been named the number one destination in both New Zealand and the South Pacific in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards. This is the third consecutive year Queenstown has won New Zealand’s top destination but it is the first time the lake and alpine resort has taken the title of best South Pacific region.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd believes the reward is a fantastic achievement as well as great international recognition for Queenstown.

“Trip Advisor has incredible reach in terms of influencing the travelling community, so the news that Queenstown has been ranked the best destination in the South Pacific and New Zealand, and also in the top 25 best destinations in the world, reflects the amazing experience people have when they visit here and the quality of the activities and attractions in Queenstown.

“It’s particularly exciting for the region to take out the top South Pacific spot after Sydney has held that position for the last four years” says Mr Budd.

NEW LISTING – 115-117 Long Beach Road, Russell, Bay of Islands

Premium Long Beach location with ocean and island views

Integrating within the coastal landscape, this is arguably the most sophisticated property along the premium Long Beach strip. Architect-designed by Tim Hooson of Jasmax, the contemporary beach house captures sweeping ocean views to showcase an idyllic location.

Few properties achieve such sense of seclusion and privacy with this degree of beach access. Finished to an impeccable standard, there are three levels to this sanctuary.

For more information regarding this new listing follow the link to:
115-117 Long Beach Road, Russell, Bay of Islands

SOLD – Crawfords, Arrowtown

This beautiful historic home built in 1900 was the original Arrowtown police station

Situated on Arrowtown’s beautiful tree-lined main street is the original police station and residence built in 1900. The property was taken over by the current owners in 2009 and has been substantially upgraded including new bathrooms in the main residence.

This beautiful historic house which has more modern extensions, is located in one of Arrowtown’s largest sections and is set back from the main road; so is surprisingly private and quiet. There is ample parking for six cars. The location is a short walk to the local dining outlets and bars. 70 Buckingham is an ideal and charming family estate.

For more information regarding this recent sale follow the link to  Crawfords, Arrowtown

SOLD – Hidden Sanctuary, Russell, Bay of Islands

Tropical hideaway surrounded by native bush and birds

Established overlooking the boats and bay, this colonial-style home offers elevated privacy on a generous section of approximately 2,571m2.  The natural bush features kauri, rimu and many other New Zealand species, attracting an abundance of native birds and creating a hidden sanctuary.

Russell’s restaurants, cafes and shops are approximately 800m and the popular Boating Club is just around the bend, making the location a standout for ease of living and lifestyle.

For more information regarding this recent sale follow the link to: Hidden Sanctuary, Russell, Bay of Islands.


SOLD – Wellington Street, Russell, Bay of Islands

Prime harbourside position on Wellington Street in Russell

With captivating views from sunrise to sunset, this property holds immense appeal as holiday or permanent residence. Russell is a much-admired destination and this is an opportunity to secure a property central to all of its charms.

Extending over three levels, the house presents as new, having been remodelled to an architect’s design. As such, it accommodates the luxuries of modern day living with a contemporary layout and generosity of space.

For more information on this latest sale follow the link to: Wellington Street, Russell, Bay of Islands

Gibbston Wine and Food Festival at Queenstown Gardens

Gibbston Wine and food festival will be held at Queenstown Gardens 21 March  2015

The annual Gibbston Wine and Food Festival (previously known as Gibbston Harvest Festival) is well known for attracting visitors and locals who like to sample delicacies produced by local vineyards, smaller boutique wineries and many fine food establishments.

Master classes with 6 Food classes and 6 wine classes are held throughout the day.

Activities which make this a great family day out include live music, food and wine, barrel rolling, bouncy castles and face painting.

New Listing – Apt 1/1 Brunswick Street, Queenstown

With its sophisticated feel the heart of the property lies within its large open plan living

Tender: Closes on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 4:00pm unless sold prior.

This is an opportunity to own a sophisticated, luxury apartment located within vibrant Queenstown. Q1 is a stunning contemporary apartment building with views across Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and the town’s most iconic view – The Remarkables at sunset.

For more information regarding this property please follow the link to: Apt 1/1 Brunswick Street, Queenstown