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8 South Island lifestyle blocks for sale that make a case for country living

Article by Property Press

Enjoy a sense of rural tranquility and escape from city pressures in one of these idyllic lifestyle blocks for sale

The dream of a peaceful life enjoying all the countryside has to offer will only come true if you commit to making it happen. Blocks can vary from under 1 hectare to more sizable holdings that offer a wide variety of lifestyle opportunities.

Some have been well developed for purpose, while others have potential to be moulded to your needs. The one criteria that is similar for all options is that the properties offer a sense of rural tranquillity and an escape from city pressures. Here’s our pick of lifestyle properties in the South Island that offer a special living experience.

1. Make your mark

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a taste of relaxed rural life while still being an easy drive to all the amentities of the charming town of Motueka. This Lower Motuere block has so much potential for those yearning for lifestyle living.

There’s already well-established fruit trees, the fenced paddocks are an easy gradient and there’s a choice of outbuildings that can be developed to suit your plans.

The three-bedroom home has a wide covered verandah where you can sit and enjoy the views over the countryside. The kitchen and bathroom are neat and tidy and there’s plenty of potential here to make your mark.

2. Project potential  

An income stream is already established here with 1.8 ha of feijoa trees and the generous Waihopai Valley block can be further developed to suit your plans.

There’s nothing that needs to be done to the two-storey homestead, freeing up funds to pursue your lifestyle endeavours.

Enjoy the convenience of installed solar panels and a log burner with wetback. A productive orchard, two cabins, smoko room, three-bay shed and garage with workshop offer so many options for those wanting a special lifestyle project in a flourishing region.

3. Picture perfect

This charming old converted school house really is picture perfect and has all the components you need for a peaceful lifestyle in Renwick, Marlborough.

The orchard, vege plot and chicken coop are supplemented by a three-bay shed, enormous workshop and other outbuildings.

Add to that a very pretty character house with a leafy outlook on a level, fenced site and you’re all set to create the home of your dreams. The refreshing swimming hole on the boundary is a special bonus for hot summer days.

 4. Coast and country

You’ll feel like an early settler living in a log cabin when you take up residence in this distinctive home in Barrytown crafted from Lawson Cyprus logs. The spacious open plan living with high beamed ceilings is a highlight of this rustic home and when you want to relax out on the wide verandah that wraps around the house you can enjoy the expansive sea views.

These are also framed in the upstairs bedrooms and loft space giving this house a unique blend of coast and country.

There’s plenty of room for the chooks and a vegie plot and a two-bay shed and other outbuildings take care of practicalities.

  5. Creature comforts

A real retreat has been created on this expansive Westport property with man-made lake, pine plantation and regenerating bush. The modern home makes the most of the surrounding views over the lake and bush to the dramatic Paparoa Ranges and has all the creature comforts you’ll need.

As well as the flexibility offered by two large garages there’s also a self-contained cottage ideal for visitors or Air BnB.

The hard work of developing the site has all be done with an established vegie garden and orchard and room for the chooks to roam. Just move in and enjoy the peaceful outlook and tranquillity.

 6. Easy entry

This lovely Selwyn home has it all, with a landscaped garden surrounding the house, established vegie patch, growing house, workshop, woodshed and chicken run. Add to that the stables and fenced, level paddocks for the horses and you’re all set to enjoy a rural lifestyle.

Inside the three-bedroom home you’ll love entertaining in the stylish kitchen which flows through to the living area with wood burner.

There’s plenty of level lawn for the kids to play and the bonus of flexible dual entry to the property. Living the good life has never been so easy.

  7. Equestrian delight

Calling all horse lovers…this purpose-built Selwyn property is an equestrian’s dream with its 19-stall stables, washbay, silo and even a hydro-therapy pool all set up for business. There is also level grazing, an arena, loading bay and space for the horse truck.

The humans have been well looked after too with a solid three-bedroom home that features open-plan living complete with log burner and sliders flowing to a patio.

Light-filled rooms enjoy a leafy outlook to the established gardens. It’s time to seize the day and follow your dreams.


8. Flexible living

Set in pretty rolling countryside there’s room for all the family in this four-bedroom Waitaki home built of Oamaru stone. Light and bright living areas open to the manicured gardens and offer plenty of flexible space.

There’s a two-bay shed, double garage with workshop, and separate self-contained studio. Level, fenced paddocks are suited to a wide range of livestock.

A great opportunity in a district that is showing lots of growth.


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