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How to build a wētā hotel

This whare wētā is easy to make with old pallets.

This whare wētā is easy to make with old pallets.

On the move - the McKenzie family has left the property market behind and hit the road

Brydie and Bryce McKenzie, toddler Maeve and Chief the dog have sold their house and taken to the road in a caravan.

Brydie and Bryce McKenzie, toddler Maeve and Chief the dog have sold their house and taken to the road in a caravan.

Teen's passion for houseplant continues to grow

Eva Smith got her first houseplant when she was 11 years old. Now, the teenager's growing collection has inspired others to start growing too.

Eva Smith got her first houseplant when she was 11 years old. Now, the teenager's growing collection has inspired others to start growing too.

How this first-time buyer (finally) bought a house on her own

Shannon Crombie from Whanganui shares her experience buying her first home.

Shannon Crombie from Whanganui shares her experience buying her first home.

'My family of six lives in a toolshed, use a bucket as a toilet and love it'

'My family of six lives in a toolshed, use a bucket as a toilet and love it'

'My family of six lives in a toolshed, use a bucket as a toilet and love it'

Coatesville property almost 'Passive' standard but more affordable

A secondary dwelling on a Coatesville property is almost up to "Passive House" standard, but is more affordable

A secondary dwelling on a Coatesville property is almost up to "Passive House" standard, but is more affordable

Towering trees, precious shrubs, amazing blooms: the gorgeous scenes in this Wanaka garden

John and Kate Coe's sprawling estate near Queenstown is spectacular at any time of the year.

John and Kate Coe's sprawling estate near Queenstown is spectacular at any time of the year.

Inside the Little House on the park

This 1979 build looks like something from Little House on the Prairie.

This 1979 build looks like something from Little House on the Prairie.

Magical colourful milk for kids' experiment

With only a handful of items and some milk, you can create a very cool and colourful effects to entertain your little ones. Teach them about colour and chemistry with this simple and fun experiment.

With only a handful of items and some milk, you can create a very cool and colourful effects to entertain your little ones. Teach them about colour and chemistry with this simple and fun experiment.

Inside this 1920s purpose-built block of flats in New Plymouth

A one-bed flat in this block could give you panoramic views of the mountain and sea, all within walking distance of town.

A one-bed flat in this block could give you panoramic views of the mountain and sea, all within walking distance of town.

114-year-old villa on the move - but not very far

A Lower Hutt villa is making way for more housing, but it's only shifting 11 metres.

A Lower Hutt villa is making way for more housing, but it's only shifting 11 metres.

Freemans Bay cottage is a step out of the ordinary

Elaine Ferguson's compact cottage is a treasure trove of artworks and ceramics collected over a lifetime.

Elaine Ferguson's compact cottage is a treasure trove of artworks and ceramics collected over a lifetime.

Small prefab house makes homeownership a reality

Amey Bell-Booth loves living close to family.

Amey Bell-Booth loves living close to family.

Five things to know to help you get your first mortgage

It can be tough to get your finances ready to impress the bank manager - here's some things which can help.

It can be tough to get your finances ready to impress the bank manager - here's some things which can help.

1940s Mount Maunganui bach on waterfront listed

It's a rare offering - an original waterfront bach on a full site for sale in Mount Maunganui.

It's a rare offering - an original waterfront bach on a full site for sale in Mount Maunganui.

Eight things to put in a modern glory box

The idea of a glory box is pretty outdated, but what if we brought it back for renters?

The idea of a glory box is pretty outdated, but what if we brought it back for renters?

The Block NZ: Redemption build is underway at Orewa

The Block NZ: Redemption townhouses are taking shape in Orewa.

The Block NZ: Redemption townhouses are taking shape in Orewa.

The estate where even horses are welcome to stay the night

Friends, family and even animals are encouraged to stop by historic Glen Aros Estate near Hastings.

Friends, family and even animals are encouraged to stop by historic Glen Aros Estate near Hastings.

Wright garden

Special memories are tucked away amid the structure and simplicity of this Tauranga garden.

Special memories are tucked away amid the structure and simplicity of this Tauranga garden.

There's a Mid-century secret in this Auckland flat

This little 60s built home has a charming, and hip secret.

This little 60s built home has a charming, and hip secret.

Wellington architecture winners all about 'humbleness and restraint'

These are the six stunning NZIA Wellington Housing Awards winners for 2022.

These are the six stunning NZIA Wellington Housing Awards winners for 2022.

Life has been a roller coaster

Life has been a roller coaster for this gardening Northland family.

Life has been a roller coaster for this gardening Northland family.

Inside this lush 1890s-built Thorndon villa

Built in the 1890s, this Wellington home is crisp and modern without losing any of it's character and historical details.

Built in the 1890s, this Wellington home is crisp and modern without losing any of it's character and historical details.

They created a pond to mirror the beauty of the surrounding forest

Landscape architect Frank Boffa knew he wanted a unique garden, so he dug in.

Landscape architect Frank Boffa knew he wanted a unique garden, so he dug in.

How to clean your stove top with pantry staples

You don't need expensive commercial cleaners to cut through the gunge on your stove, just use these items and add elbow grease.

You don't need expensive commercial cleaners to cut through the gunge on your stove, just use these items and add elbow grease.

150-year-old Dunedin terrace gets massive makeover

Upstairs and downstairs - this huge home-and-income renovation project in Dunedin by Sophia Greene was a way to fund her eventual retirement.

Upstairs and downstairs - this huge home-and-income renovation project in Dunedin by Sophia Greene was a way to fund her eventual retirement.

Winter laundry problem solved with custom-built drying cupboard

Mike Rowe built this purpose-made drying cupboard in his home which can fit two loads and dry clothes within 12 hours.

Mike Rowe built this purpose-made drying cupboard in his home which can fit two loads and dry clothes within 12 hours.

See inside the tiny Wellington villa with walls awash with art

Having enough wall space to display their extensive art collection was key for this couple’s Wellington relocation and renovation.

Having enough wall space to display their extensive art collection was key for this couple’s Wellington relocation and renovation.

DIY: How to turn a log into a lamp

Jacob Leaf takes a log and turns it into a lamp. 

Jacob Leaf takes a log and turns it into a lamp. 

Unfinished clifftop house in Devonport for sale 'as is'

There were grand plans for this astonishing site overlooking Cheltenham beach in Devonport, Auckland, but now the owner is looking to sell.

There were grand plans for this astonishing site overlooking Cheltenham beach in Devonport, Auckland, but now the owner is looking to sell.

Which kind of home would you buy if you won the Lotto?

With $6.3million to spend on a home you could have just about anything you want.

With $6.3million to spend on a home you could have just about anything you want.

Huge interest in abandoned Remuera house

It may be a quiet housing market, but around 50 bids were received for this abandoned, rundown house in a prime parkside position in Remuera. It sold for $1.07 million.

It may be a quiet housing market, but around 50 bids were received for this abandoned, rundown house in a prime parkside position in Remuera. It sold for $1.07 million.

A cottage on the green in Berhampore

This little cottage is across the road from Mornington Gold Course.

This little cottage is across the road from Mornington Gold Course.

DIY ply trestle table

Make this stylish ply trestle table that's easy to transport and set up.

Make this stylish ply trestle table that's easy to transport and set up.

Inside the Shire, a 465sqm log cabin inspired by The Lord of the Rings

This cabin was built by its owners by hand. It took them 12 years to complete.

This cabin was built by its owners by hand. It took them 12 years to complete.

Autumn morning at the Berhampore Community Orchard

The beds are asleep for the winter and the fruit trees are losing their leaves - it's a peaceful, reflective space to relax in.

The beds are asleep for the winter and the fruit trees are losing their leaves - it's a peaceful, reflective space to relax in.

A great gardening partnership results in a pretty Nelson sanctuary

A great gardening partnership results in a pretty Nelson sanctuary.

A great gardening partnership results in a pretty Nelson sanctuary.

Two Auckland architects have turned their backs on bland in their own family home

Two Auckland architects have turned their backs on bland in their own family home.

Two Auckland architects have turned their backs on bland in their own family home.

There’s nothing coy about this bold Whitianga Waterways home

There’s nothing coy about this bold Whitianga Waterways home.

There’s nothing coy about this bold Whitianga Waterways home.

Good instincts and taking a few risks paid off with this Wānaka house

Good instincts and taking a few risks paid off with this Wānaka house

Good instincts and taking a few risks paid off with this Wānaka house

Holyoake garden

This Bay of Plenty garden has a history of loving owners – meet its latest caretakers.

This Bay of Plenty garden has a history of loving owners – meet its latest caretakers.

Inside Alexander Skarsgård's NYC apartment, on sale for US$2.6M

Inside Alexander Skarsgård's NYC apartment, on sale for US$2.6M

Inside Alexander Skarsgård's NYC apartment, on sale for US$2.6M

'Noddy' house by Ian Burrow listed

The family selling this classic Ian Burrows-designed 1970s house in Hillcrest, Auckland, have owned the property for 35 years.

The family selling this classic Ian Burrows-designed 1970s house in Hillcrest, Auckland, have owned the property for 35 years.

Architect's own home for sale after 56 years

Much celebrated architect John Sutherland is still going strong at 88, but a move to a retirement home means his modernist Auckland home is on the market.

Much celebrated architect John Sutherland is still going strong at 88, but a move to a retirement home means his modernist Auckland home is on the market.

Simon Slade's lawn is so good, it has its own social media following

Simon Slade mows his lawn in Mt Pleasant three times a week.

Simon Slade mows his lawn in Mt Pleasant three times a week.

The Wild Wood - a private reserve in Levin

Catherine Marshall's childhood curiosity about the natural world has grown into an enduring passion for gardening that is evident in every carefully selected tree and shrub.

Catherine Marshall's childhood curiosity about the natural world has grown into an enduring passion for gardening that is evident in every carefully selected tree and shrub.

Inside this cute 1905 workers cottage reno

It was in OK condition when its owners bought it, but they had big dreams for turning it into a sweet home.

It was in OK condition when its owners bought it, but they had big dreams for turning it into a sweet home.

Shop My Home: Suzi Stevens

Suzi Stevens studied ceramics and jewellery – and ended up making models for King Kong for Wētā Workshop. But while she considers herself a maker, she’s happy to be representing other artists through her Nelson business, Red Art Gallery and Café.

Suzi Stevens studied ceramics and jewellery – and ended up making models for King Kong for Wētā Workshop. But while she considers herself a maker, she’s happy to be representing other artists through her Nelson business, Red Art Gallery and Café.

DIY hanging wooden planter

Make this charming hanging basket for your plants with NZ Gardener's easy step-by-step guide.

Make this charming hanging basket for your plants with NZ Gardener's easy step-by-step guide.

Easter crafting: Bunny and carrot baskets

Are you ready for Easter? Here are some baskets you can make to put your eggs in.

Are you ready for Easter? Here are some baskets you can make to put your eggs in.

House of the week: Inside this 'cutie cottage' on the coast

It needs a little tlc, but there's room to expand, pul up a caravan or pitch a tent at this classic Kiwi bach.

It needs a little tlc, but there's room to expand, pul up a caravan or pitch a tent at this classic Kiwi bach.

Character bungalow for your first home?

This 1910 bungalow in Dunedin has been extensively restored, and would make an ideal first home.

This 1910 bungalow in Dunedin has been extensively restored, and would make an ideal first home.

This cute cottage in Addington is just minutes from the Arena

You can walk home from the races, or a show, and stroll to the park for a picnic under the trees.

You can walk home from the races, or a show, and stroll to the park for a picnic under the trees.

Earnscleugh Station Homestead in Clyde is on the market

There's nothing quite like it - Earnscleugh Station Homestead is a Category 1 heritage-listed property for sale near Clyde.

There's nothing quite like it - Earnscleugh Station Homestead is a Category 1 heritage-listed property for sale near Clyde.

Pollinators in my summer garden

Each pollinator faces a challenge as they navigate the vast diversity in flower architecture.

Each pollinator faces a challenge as they navigate the vast diversity in flower architecture.

A rural oasis just 9kms from parliament

You could live the Good Lion this lifestyle block just 17 minutes for Wellington's CBD.

You could live the Good Lion this lifestyle block just 17 minutes for Wellington's CBD.

Five items in your garage that might be worth money

With the price of building materials on the rise, you might have a goldmine sitting untapped in your garage.

With the price of building materials on the rise, you might have a goldmine sitting untapped in your garage.

A glimpse into the incredible hidden world of lichens in New Zealand

Caught between plants and fungi, lichens have long been misunderstood. Here’s an introduction to their wonderful realm.

Caught between plants and fungi, lichens have long been misunderstood. Here’s an introduction to their wonderful realm.

How much does a tiny home cost?

Tiny homes are increasingly popular, and budget is often an issue, but the amount you'll need to pay can vary hugely.

Tiny homes are increasingly popular, and budget is often an issue, but the amount you'll need to pay can vary hugely.

Would you like to stay the night at Bluey's place?

The home from Bluey has been recreated in real life for one lucky fan of the show to stay at.

The home from Bluey has been recreated in real life for one lucky fan of the show to stay at.

Couple transform 'worst house on the street'

Skips-full of hoarded belongings had to be removed before they could start

Skips-full of hoarded belongings had to be removed before they could start

Remote Puhoi bush home could be yours

This contemporary home in the bush near Puhoi is an ADNZ award-winning project that has been listed as a private sale.

This contemporary home in the bush near Puhoi is an ADNZ award-winning project that has been listed as a private sale.

Couple who spent four-plus years restoring William Gummer house in Epsom are selling

Designed by architect William Gummer for his own family in the 1920s, Stoneways is a heritage-listed house that has been fully restored.

Designed by architect William Gummer for his own family in the 1920s, Stoneways is a heritage-listed house that has been fully restored.

DIY foldaway potting bench

Make this space-saving potting bench out of old pallets.

Make this space-saving potting bench out of old pallets.

Los Angeles mansion expected to smash US property records

A handful of the world's richest families are locked in a bidding war over an LA mansion expected to smash US property records.

A handful of the world's richest families are locked in a bidding war over an LA mansion expected to smash US property records.

Hydro-dip them all: Spice up your jars

Hydro-dipping looks like a fancy technique but it's actually so easy. Try customise some jars and vases to turn them into home decor.

Hydro-dipping looks like a fancy technique but it's actually so easy. Try customise some jars and vases to turn them into home decor.

Hydro-dip them all: Cheese board

Use this hydro-dipped board to put your cheese and finger foods. It will be the center of your party.

Use this hydro-dipped board to put your cheese and finger foods. It will be the center of your party.

Make this vintage-style seed box

This step-by-step guide will help you upcycle an old pallet into a gorgeous and useful container for seeds.

This step-by-step guide will help you upcycle an old pallet into a gorgeous and useful container for seeds.

Hydro-dip them all: Planter

Concrete planters can be a bit boring to look at sometimes. Why not spice it up with hydro dipping?

Concrete planters can be a bit boring to look at sometimes. Why not spice it up with hydro dipping?

Richard Gere lists longtime upstate NY compound for $28M

Richard Gere lists longtime upstate NY compound for $28M

Richard Gere lists longtime upstate NY compound for $28M

How to create a vertical garden

Here's how to maximise your growing space and elevate your gardening to new heights with this clever suspended pot stack.

Here's how to maximise your growing space and elevate your gardening to new heights with this clever suspended pot stack.

Graffiti in semi-derelict house not putting off buyers

This Karekare, Auckland house has had some unwelcome visitors, but the listing agent says there's a lot of interest in the property.

This Karekare, Auckland house has had some unwelcome visitors, but the listing agent says there's a lot of interest in the property.

Classic '70s Athfield house at Point Howard listed for sale

This 1970s house designed by the late Sir Ian Athfield steps up the hill like a small village, maximising a great view.

This 1970s house designed by the late Sir Ian Athfield steps up the hill like a small village, maximising a great view.

Mosgiel couple plants a cottage garden to match their 120-year-old home

Jo and Craig Inch have planted more than 100 roses, dozens of trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and lots more.

Jo and Craig Inch have planted more than 100 roses, dozens of trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and lots more.

The restored garden of the historic Doctor's House in Wairarapa

More than one gardener has stamped their mark on this nearly 150-year-old property.

More than one gardener has stamped their mark on this nearly 150-year-old property.

New Zealand's first Passivhaus EnerPHit rebuild is for sale

This Piha home for sale has been rebuilt to meet certified Passivhaus standards - with no expense spared.

This Piha home for sale has been rebuilt to meet certified Passivhaus standards - with no expense spared.

DIY flowerpot lighthouse

Ahoy there! Navigate your way around the garden at night with the help of this whimsical maritime-themed light.

Ahoy there! Navigate your way around the garden at night with the help of this whimsical maritime-themed light.

My best friends: A house never too tiny for pets

This guy lives in a tiny house with a lizard, 2 cats, a tarantula and a snake. Here is how it all started.

This guy lives in a tiny house with a lizard, 2 cats, a tarantula and a snake. Here is how it all started.

Lifelong gardener designs dream yard

Grant Douglas can now spend more time in his "messy" "abstract" garden.

Grant Douglas can now spend more time in his "messy" "abstract" garden.

Barraclough garden

This Auckland garden has evolved from a sloping bog to a subtropical oasis.

This Auckland garden has evolved from a sloping bog to a subtropical oasis.

Architect-owner selling Modernist Titirangi house built in 1968

The Lee House in Titirangi has been listed for the first time, and there are parallels to the later Brake House designed in the '70s. (Video first screened on 8 December, 2021)

The Lee House in Titirangi has been listed for the first time, and there are parallels to the later Brake House designed in the '70s. (Video first screened on 8 December, 2021)

Award-winning landscape designer Jules Moore on 2022's plant trends

Plant trends with garden designer and landscaper Jules Moore.

Plant trends with garden designer and landscaper Jules Moore.

This stylish house gives new meaning to a single colour

This stylish house gives new meaning to a single colour.

This stylish house gives new meaning to a single colour.

Which tropical fruits can you grow in New Zealand gardens?

Tropical Fruit Growers chairman Hugh Rose says New Zealanders can grow all sorts of tropical fruit, especially popular bananas and heat-loving pineapples. (First published December 22, 2021)

Tropical Fruit Growers chairman Hugh Rose says New Zealanders can grow all sorts of tropical fruit, especially popular bananas and heat-loving pineapples. (First published December 22, 2021)

Indoor plant business flourishing

Maree Wiki has seen the popularity of indoor plants grow massively.

Maree Wiki has seen the popularity of indoor plants grow massively.

The plantsman's garden

Jack Hobbs, long-serving curator manager of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, has put in every plant in his own private garden in Pukekohe.

Jack Hobbs, long-serving curator manager of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, has put in every plant in his own private garden in Pukekohe.

The most read house stories of 2021

These are the houses you loved in 2021

These are the houses you loved in 2021

Inside the proto-state house

Built in 1906, this house preceded the state house of the 30s by nearly 30 years, but it was built in the same spirit.

Built in 1906, this house preceded the state house of the 30s by nearly 30 years, but it was built in the same spirit.

Paperhands wallpaper is inspired by New Zealand's native wildlife

Ben Master's 1910 villa is filled with his own screenprinting handiwork.

Ben Master's 1910 villa is filled with his own screenprinting handiwork.

Is it a villa or an ultra-modern home?

This Franklin home combines heritage looks with modern living.

This Franklin home combines heritage looks with modern living.

Ireland house

Central Otago meets Auckland in soaring designer home

Central Otago meets Auckland in soaring designer home

Biggie Smalls' iconic Brooklyn apartment sells for over asking price

Biggie Smalls' iconic Brooklyn apartment sells for over asking price

Biggie Smalls' iconic Brooklyn apartment sells for over asking price

A new build in the heart of old Wellington

Surrounded by period homes and heritage builds, these new townhouses want to be the character homes of the future.

Surrounded by period homes and heritage builds, these new townhouses want to be the character homes of the future.

How to light your garden with wildlife in mind

Some garden lights can have a huge impact on wildlife. Here's how to light with them in mind.

Some garden lights can have a huge impact on wildlife. Here's how to light with them in mind.

Peek inside a Mid-century time capsule

Wellingtonian Kat Spears has been collecting 50s and 60s art and furniture since she was a teen.

Wellingtonian Kat Spears has been collecting 50s and 60s art and furniture since she was a teen.

Gillies garden

Spectacular Wellington garden walks on the wild side.

Spectacular Wellington garden walks on the wild side.

Williams house

Canterbury homeowner get crazily creative for Christmas

Canterbury homeowner get crazily creative for Christmas

Expat Kiwi and his technicolour Amsterdam apartment

Expat Kiwi and his technicolour Amsterdam apartment

Expat Kiwi and his technicolour Amsterdam apartment

Peek inside Wellington's celebrated 10 x 10 House

This Wellington home proves there is no barrier to building on unusual, steep sections.

This Wellington home proves there is no barrier to building on unusual, steep sections.

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