Urbanites sign up to iconic locale

Artists impression of 223 Green Lane West, Alexandra Park, Auckland.

Interest is rising as a luxury village begins to emerge from Auckland's Alexandra Park car park.

The next big thing?

Henry is engrossed in a zombie novel while Katie and Charlotte cook sausages on the barbecue which, as well as handling the smoking chores, also serves as a fire pit long after dark when the children are asleep in their vintage canvas tent.

A tiny camper-trailer packed with vintage accessories has all that's needed for a classic Kiwi holiday.

How to: pick an exterior paint

COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW: With so many to choose from, how do you decide on what colour you want to paint the exterior of your home?

Stuck on what colour to paint your house? Here's eight simple ways to help you choose.

Get the country chic look

Bring elements of this warm, welcoming look into your home.

Four ways to bring warm, welcoming elements into your home - even if you're in the city.

Nuts and bolts of renovating

ORDER FROM CHAOS: Rachel Ward's Forest Lake property in Hamilton is mid-transformation.

Knowing the value is the key to renovating and selling, says full-time property trader Rachel Ward.

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Peter and Dianne Farmer in Kinloch, Taupo.

Walking into this lodge-style home is like stepping into a hotel, says its very happy owners.

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One couple's quest to "live lightly on the land" led to them creating the ultimate eco retreat.

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