10 inspiring homes from New Zealand

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St. Mary's Bay House by Andre Hodgskin.

St. Mary’s Bay House by Andre Hodgskin. Image: Simon Devitt

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St. Mary's Bay House by Andre Hodgskin.

St. Mary’s Bay House by Andre Hodgskin. Image: Simon Devitt

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St. Mary's Bay House by Andre Hodgskin.

St. Mary’s Bay House by Andre Hodgskin. Image: Simon Devitt

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St. Mary's Bay House by Andre Hodgskin.

St. Mary’s Bay House by Andre Hodgskin. Image: Simon Devitt

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Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose.

Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose.

Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose.

Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose.

Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose.

Kaipara Bridges House by Simon Twose. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Batchelor Pad by Glamuzina Paterson.

Batchelor Pad by Glamuzina Paterson. Image: Emily Andrews

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Batchelor Pad by Glamuzina Paterson.

Batchelor Pad by Glamuzina Paterson. Image: Emily Andrews

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Batchelor Pad by Glamuzina Paterson.

Batchelor Pad by Glamuzina Paterson. Image: Emily Andrews

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Neville Price's Bay of Islands home.

Neville Price’s Bay of Islands home. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Neville Price's Bay of Islands home.

Neville Price’s Bay of Islands home. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Neville Price's Bay of Islands home.

Neville Price’s Bay of Islands home. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Neville Price's Bay of Islands home.

Neville Price’s Bay of Islands home. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect.

Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect.

Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect.

Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect.

Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect.

Queenstown House by Thom Craig architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Lean Black Queenstown House by Stacey Farrell architect.

Lean Black Queenstown House by Stacey Farrell architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Lean Black Queenstown House by Stacey Farrell architect.

Lean Black Queenstown House by Stacey Farrell architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Lean Black Queenstown House by Stacey Farrell architect.

Lean Black Queenstown House by Stacey Farrell architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Wanaka family home.

Wanaka family home. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Wanaka family home.

Wanaka family home.

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Wanaka family home.

Wanaka family home.

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North Shore House by James McCondach.

North Shore House by James McCondach. Image: Larnie Nicolson

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North Shore House by James McCondach.

North Shore House by James McCondach. Image: Larnie Nicolson

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North Shore House by James McCondach.

North Shore House by James McCondach. Image: Larnie Nicolson

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House on Lake Wakatipu.

House on Lake Wakatipu. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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House on Lake Wakatipu.

House on Lake Wakatipu. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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House on Lake Wakatipu.

House on Lake Wakatipu. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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House on Lake Wakatipu.

House on Lake Wakatipu. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Auckland house by Chris Tate.

Auckland house by Chris Tate. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Auckland house by Chris Tate.

Auckland house by Chris Tate. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Auckland house by Chris Tate.

Auckland house by Chris Tate. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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From exemplary luxury to function and simplicity, homes that are hip and stylish, rustic and rural or irregular and ingenious, Urbis journeyed back in time to find a selection of New Zealand houses that inspire.

Scroll through the image gallery above to view our readers’ 10 favourite houses from past issues of Urbis, and tell us which homes inspire you.


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