COWES BAY ESTATE, WAIHEKE: This secluded beachfront estate spans 36ha, includes eight bedrooms, six bathrooms and is the quintessential entertainer’s paradise. To top it off, it has a sweeping grand staircase and a 9.5m indoor swimming pool, naturally. It also has its own wharf. It will set you back a cool $33m.Check it out here.
HURAKIA LODGE, RAKINO ISLAND: Only six minutes away from Auckland City (by helicopter!) This five bedroom, five bathroom secluded property is located on the southern headland of the
island. It has all the necessaries and more, such as a helipad and private jetty. It is also 100% self-sufficient, generating power from solar panels and collecting water from rainfall. Truly an island paradise. Check it out here.
ORAKEI: With views over the Orakei Basin and the Waitemata Harbour, this five bedroom, six bathroom architecturally designed house has more grandeur than you can shake a stick at. Large entertaining areas and soaring ceilings are just some of the features offered. There's also a pool, spa, private lawns and a fountain. Did I mention the views of Auckland CBD? Check it out here.
COATESVILLE: Overlooking Dot Com's mansion, this five acre estate has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The entire top floor is dedicated to a master suite, inclusive of a Hollywood-esque dressing room. (Absolutely to die for.) Everything about this house screams excess, none more so than the cinema room and chandeliers in the formal drawing room. (I don’t even know what a drawing room is, but it sounds swanky.) Check it out here.
TAKAPUNA: Literally sitting right on Takapuna beach, this house is the ultimate in seaside living. Five is the lucky number here with five bedrooms, bathrooms and car spaces. Outdoor living is the main feature of the house - why wouldn’t it when Taka beach is at your front door?! Cool features include a lift, a pizza oven and an air bridge (basically a hanging internal pathway. Because everyone needs one of those). But, at $10m plus, most of us can just smile and wave as we stroll along the beach. Check it out here.
WHITFORD: Everything about this home is in grand proportion. The first thing you will notice is the dual sweeping staircase (yes, just like in The Princess Diaries). Naturally it has everything you could possibly want - a gym, a wine cellar, a pond, eight bedrooms, most with ensuites, a guest wing and a master suite. You won’t get any change out of $10m, but you might out of $20m. Check it out here.
WHITFORD TAKE 2: Just down the road from the previous house, this nine bedroom home is just as grand as its neighbour. Not only is there a main residence, but a two bedroom cottage and staff accommodation. It is surrounded by native plants, has a swimming pool and is a picturesque 30 minute ferry ride to the city. Beats sitting in traffic. Check it out here.
WESTBURY ESTATE, KARAKA: At the heart of horse country, this seven bedroom home boasts some pretty extravagant amenities. Just to name a few, there is a 15m pool, tennis court, polo field, 9-hole golf course, lake, helipad, gym, sauna and guest accommodation. Not to mention media room, wine cellar and fountain. Horses sold separately. Check it out here.
CHURCH BAY ROAD, WAIHEKE: This home has everything from six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, down to a home theatre and concealed library. But what sets it apart from all of the other properties, and what makes it my favourite, is that you have your very own boutique winery. You’ll never have to buy wine again - this house will actually save you money! Check it out here.
ARNEY CRES, REMUERA: Smack bang in the middle of Remmers - what more could you ask for? This six bedroom, five bathroom family home really has it all. There’s the heated pool, tennis court, formal living, vast open family room and kitchen, media room, guest suite, gym and bowling alley. Yes. There is a bowling alley in the house. The vendors are wanting over $10m, but whether they get that is up to you. (I mean, come on. There’s a freaking bowling alley.) Check it out here.
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