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Step inside the pages of HOME at this year’s HOME Tour

Article by Home Magazine

You’ve seen the houses in the magazine — now visit them in person. Join HOME New Zealand at HOME Tour 2019. With special thanks to Fisher & Paykel and our official vehicle partner The Mercedes-Benz X-Class

After a wonderful start in Auckland last year, HOME Tour returns in an expanded format – starting in Wellington this September and heading to the South Island in October. With thanks to our friends at Fisher & Paykel and our official vehicle partner The Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

The tour features some of our favourite houses – all of which have featured in the magazine in recent years – along with their architects, who will be on hand to talk about their designs.

HOME Tour opens the doors to houses that respond to site and brief, rather than trend or artifice. They’re unique, individual homes, tailored to their clients’ needs – we look forward to seeing you there.


HOME Tour is a self-drive tour of architecturally designed homes. It starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3pm. Attendees are split into groups, so please let us know if you are booking with friends.

Tickets: $75

See some of the homes you can visit

Project: Bivvy Hut
Practice: Vaughn McQuarrie
Location: Queenstown

A finalist in Home of the Year 2019, this enigmatic getaway in Queenstown has clever, distinct spaces oriented to views of the surrounding mountains. Sitting on a sub-alpine, schist-heavy hillside, architect Vaughn McQuarrie designed the home’s fractured form to mimic the rock found on the site. “We began to imagine the house was formed around large fragments left during the excavation – a rock bivvy, perhaps.”

Project: Cardrona Hut
Practice: RTA Studio
Location: Cardrona Valley

Designed by Richard Naish for himself and his family, this 72-square-metre holiday home offers big lessons on a small scale. It was designed as an exercise in going without, but it still comfortably sleeps 10 in summer or winter. “We wanted to deliver the bare minimum you need on holiday,” Naish says.

Project: Menzies Pop
Practice: Architects’ Creative
Location: Christchurch

The home of Architects’ Creative founders Kate and Daniel Sullivan is the first project they’ve worked on for themselves. Featured in the Aug-Sept issue of HOME, the 1940s concrete bunker has been transformed with a sympathetic modern extension. “The internal design adds that next layer of richness,” Kate. “We’ve invested where we think it’s important, which we think is a sustainable approach.”

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Project: Diagrid House
Practice: Jack McKinney Architects
Location: Auckland

The 2019 Home of the Year winner, designed by architect Jack McKinney, is something else with its soaring ‘diagrid’ roof of raw concrete beams floating above the living spaces and extending outside. The house is a bold addition to its suburban surroundings. “You somehow know that it’s 56 tonnes of weight above your head. It’s quite different to timber beams – it’s not oppressive, but there is drama to it,” explains McKinney.

Tickets: $75

With special thanks to our principal sponsor Fisher & Paykel and our official vehicle partner The Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

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