From impressive locations and sweeping views to incredible architectural and interior design, these homes offer the most luxurious lifestyle
It’s a real estate cliché but it’s true – location, location, location are the first three considerations when buying a property. When you manage to scoop a special site, then the challenge is to do it justice by creating an exceptional home that makes the most of the unique location.
Generous sites, fabulous views, impressive design details and distinctive features make one-of-a-kind homes. Here’s our pick of premium properties on the market in New Zealand.
1. Magical setting
This impressive Parua Bay concrete home makes the most of its magical setting, surrounded by mature bush with views over Whangarei Harbour.
The imposing entry leads to generous living areas opening to cantilevered decks that soak up the spectacular outlook. The kitchen is complemented by a full scullery for effortless entertaining.
The master bedroom is sited in a separate wing reached via an enclosed walkway that also contains media and music rooms.
2. Sophisticated retreat
An ode to minimalism, this striking Opoutere home designed by award-winning architect Michael Fisher completely opens up to the grounds with mature trees and mesmerising views over Opoutere estuary.
Thoughtful design makes the most of the vistas and the play of light and shadow throughout the house so the setting remains the star attraction.
Multiple living areas flow seamlessly together and there’s a separate bunk room for any overflow of guests. A perfect retreat only two hours from Auckland.
3. Beachside beauty
You won’t get any closer to the beach than this Mt Maunganui apartment which makes the most of the stunning views over the beach and out to sea. The edgy interior finishes — concrete walls, hardwood floors and iron staircases — make it a perfect canvas for a sophisticated take on seaside living.
This apartment is as big as a freestanding home and has a wonderful open plan kitchen and living area with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing those views, that are also a feature of the spacious bedrooms.
An added bonus is the self-contained 2-bedroom apartment with separate external access. The beautiful home has also featured in Your Home and Garden magazine.
4. Exceptional lifestyle
This elegant Napier home designed by architect Colin Duckett has been positioned and designed to make the most of the exceptional site encompassing views out to sea and over to the lights of Napier city at night.
The contemporary, clean lines add a touch of luxe resort style to interiors with the central living area opening to a heated pool and lush lawns.
With a choice of entertaining areas both inside and out, and a chef’s kitchen, you’ll enjoy an exceptional lifestyle.
5. Wow factor
Living in this Wellington penthouse would be a little like living on a luxury yacht berthed in the centre of the city. The views of the marina and harbour from every room really add a wow factor that elevates this apartment to something truly special.
Generous living makes the most of the outlook and flows to a spacious verandah. The sleek kitchen is at the centre of things and there’s a media room for cosy evenings.
Add the theatre, gym, concierge, meeting rooms, two carparks and central location and everything’s here for outstanding inner-city living.
6. Grand scale
This spectacular Mahana home effortlessly captures the breathtaking views over the surrounding vineyard to the sea and the dramatic mountains of Kahurangi National Park.
Although it was originally built as a luxury lodge it could equally be an outstanding family home. There are multiple living areas, including a library and gallery, and the luxurious bedrooms all open to the views.
There are extensive areas to relax outside while delighting in the ever-changing vistas. This contemporary property offers living on a grand scale, with so many options for making it a unique home.
7. Award winner
It’s only a 20-minute drive from the CBD but this magnificent Prebbleton home offers a slice of country living at its best. The tone is set by the impressive entrance and continues through 520m2 of lavish living, including the award-winning kitchen and luxe outdoor entertaining areas with pool and spa.
The manicured grounds also have a five-bay shed with gym area, and sheltered fenced paddocks for the pony.
With superb attention to detail, it’s easy to see why this four-year-old home won the 2016 Master Builder of the Year gold award for excellence in workmanship, creativity and innovation.
8. Perfect panorama
Spectacular panoramic views greet you as soon as you enter this beautiful Queenstown home. A reserve at the boundary of the property means that there is nothing to interrupt the extraordinary outlook over the lake to The Remarkables, Cecil and Coronet Peaks beyond.
Modernist interiors ensure nothing distracts from the sensational outlook with a striking kitchen complete with scullery at the heart of the home.
There’s a separate one-bedroom studio cottage that enjoys the views too.