Wharf above the orchard

Tim and Alison Hay first occupied this home around 15 years ago. They had bought the site in north-west Auckland three years earlier when it was an old orchard with a number of paddocks.

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The sea below

John Irving creates a home that falls away to the ocean in Northland. It’s a bit Palm Springs, this house. It’s a bit casual, and it’s a bit dramatic — but only in just the right amounts.

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Sailing home

A Kerr Ritchie–designed home influenced by a love for the outdoors. Liisa hand-made a flag that read “Boys aboard”. The idea was to hoist it onto the mast of their catamaran while approaching a new port, thus alerting other boatie families that young children had arrived and any form of socialising would be welcomed.

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Bridge over water

Sandii McDonald creates a beautiful rhythm in a Japanese-inspired landscape — based on plans that were first drawn in the 1970s by Sang Architects.

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The Dune House

HOME, in conjunction with Lindesay Construction, presents The Dune House by Cheshire Architects in Mangawhai, New Zealand. For the full feature about this Northland retreat bounded by forest and ocean, pick up HOME’s latest issue, on sale now from all good supermarkets and retailers nationwide.

Urban Whare

On a central Wellington street, architect John Mills weaves old and new into a rhythmic tapestry of texture and colour, in which the landscape becomes internal and the strange subtly familiar.

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Little retreats: The Hotel Britomart

Cooper and Company’s transformation of the Britomart precinct in Auckland’s waterfront was a game-changer not just for the City of Sails but as a wider-reaching example of respectful and forward-thinking urban regeneration.

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Little retreats: Park Hyatt

There is an undeniable grandiosity to the Park Hyatt’s inner sanctum, a sort of cathedral-like, gasp moment at being confronted with a huge, vertical void filled with modulated light and a powerful architectural statement.

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Little retreats: QT Auckland

This hotel chain from across the ditch has been making inroads in New Zealand since 2015 when it purchased the quirky, art-filled, Museum Hotel in Wellington and refurbished it with visual cues that range from the circus-like through to French cabaret.

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Spirit island

The act of cooking is one full of habits and ceremonies. This South Island kitchen takes the ritual of preparing gin-based drinks for visiting friends as one of its main design cues.

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Elegant warmth

This North Canterbury house was conceived by architect Gareth Ritchie (of Rangiora’s firm Archco) as his own family home.

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Rustic hints

The initial feel of this kitchen is one of comfortable rusticity which quickly gives way to one’s curiosity at unravelling the many unique, and fairly urbane, design elements at play here.

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Well-being in mind

This kitchen is part of a villa extension by Jones Architects in Auckland’s Mt Eden. The idea was to create a contemporary, open-living kitchen and dining space at the back of the home and create a second tier for the master suite, robe, and ensuite.

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