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8 charming heritage homes for sale from across New Zealand

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Live in your own little slice of history in one of these heritage homes for sale

In a busy housing market filled with options, some properties have distinctive design features from previous eras that just can’t be replicated. The quality of materials and level of craftsmanship, added to generous specifications in terms of stud height and proportions of rooms give these houses a special allure.

Sympathetic updates to kitchens and bathrooms make the homes even more attractive and fully repurposed for modern lifestyles. Here’s our pick of heritage homes for sale from around the country.


1. Exclusive location

This distinctive Auckland home has real street presence which is highlighted by its exclusive location looking out over Devonport Beach back towards the CBD.

The house, built in the 1890s, has been significantly renovated but character features such as the sash windows, decorative leadlights, board and batten ceilings, wide verandahs and polished hardwood floors have been retained giving it real elegance.

The bedrooms under the eaves are charming and capture those stunning views.

2. Landmark home

“Awatea” is a landmark Auckland City residence that has stood the test of time since it was built in 1922 and with additions over the years since then it offers a very generous 639m2 of sprawling family living.

Designed by well-known architect Don Binney, the focal point of many of the rooms is the grandstand views over Remuera to Rangitoto Island.

The distinctive roofline, imposing entrance, grand staircase, pretty feature windows and wooden detailing throughout blend with more recent design elements to create a flexible home of great character which has been enjoyed by the same family since 1961.

3. Perfect bungalow

The façade of this Californian bungalow has been faithfully retained, as have many of the features inside the four-bedroom home in Thames.

The spacious living area with wooden detailing and standout inglenook fireplace is a fine example of the architecture of the era when it was built in 1918.

The wide entrance foyer and hallways, window seats, feature windows and ceilings, and wide pillared verandahs all give the home wonderful personality. The generous grounds with mature trees and pool are a bonus.


4. Personality plus

This stucco and timber Nelson home with its slate roof and dormer windows has real charm throughout, with expansive living flooded with sun from the pretty leadlight windows.

The wooden staircase with wonderful window landing leads up to the five generous bedrooms nestled under the eaves with views over the city.

With a dose of personality you can’t get in new builds, this lovely home is perfect for family living.

5. Decorative detailing

Although this Christchurch home built in 1910 was opened up extensively to provide indoor/outdoor flow during a recent renovation, plenty of heritage features have been retained.

The modern kitchen/family area is complemented by the original formal living rooms with gorgeous leadlight windows, decorative wooden detailing, fireplaces and feature ceilings.

Upstairs, the generous proportions and pretty details continue in the bedrooms.


The lovely façade of this heritage-listed home has made it a prominent feature of Lyttelton since it was built in 1859. Inside generous living areas with a high stud, polished hardwood floors and feature fireplaces are great examples of Victorian design.

A new kitchen and living area has been added but upstairs the bedrooms have plenty of character and some have views over the harbour.

The upstairs verandah is the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine and the outlook over the bustling port.


7. Picturesque views

Surrounded by rolling countryside and beautiful mature trees this heritage-listed Waimakariri home makes the most of the picturesque views from nearly every room.

Lots of period details like the beautiful fireplaces, sloping ceilings and pretty windows lend so much charm, while there’s all the comforts you’d expect from a modern home.

Sited on a generous block which offers plenty of options, and yet only half an hour from Christchurch, this property offers a wonderful lifestyle.


8. Potential plus

Originally the local police station and jail this lovely Clutha home has so much potential. The interiors of the main part of the house have lots of period detail that could be enhanced to make this a very elegant, welcoming home.

Fretwork verandahs, feature fireplaces, leadlights, hardwood floors, high studs … it’s all there waiting to be taken to the next level.

The original jail has been converted to self-contained accommodation so there’s the possibility of expanding the business, or making this area part of the central living space.


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