House of the week: Waiheke Island

Last updated 05:00 11/06/2014

This award-winning Waiheke property caters to every whim and wish you could possibly have.

Located on the ridgeline of Waiheke Island's Church Bay, the award-winning mansion, known as Te Rere Cove Estate, was created by architectural designer Bryce Ardern.

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This Waiheke wonderland is one of New Zealand's most expensive properties - and it's easy to see why.

The $22 million waterfront estate boasts views across the Hauraki Gulf all the way to Auckland, a 2.5 hectare vineyard and working winery, and indoor heated swimming pool.

Located on the ridgeline of Waiheke Island's Church Bay, the award-winning mansion, known as Te Rere Cove Estate, was created by architectural designer Bryce Ardern.

It has been home to British-born businessman David Parkinson, his wife Dee and their six-year-old twin daughters, and was put on the market two years ago after a new opportunity in the UK came up for the family.

Nearest neighbours include New Zealand's richest man, Graeme Hart, and former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry.

On a massive 13.9 hectares, the estate contains six bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

The ground floor is dedicated to spacious family living, with a designer kitchen, alfresco dining area, an art gallery, conservatory, and home theatre set up so you can watch movies while taking a dip in the pool.

There is a self-contained wing with four bedrooms, a kitchenette lounge and home theatre/media room for children and visitors.

Upstairs in the main house is a master bedroom suite with a balcony, kitchenette, his-and-hers en suites and dressing rooms the size of living rooms.

A secret library hides behind a false door in the wall.

There is also a fully self-contained accommodation unit, and a helipad for those rich and famous guests.

Located in the basement is a fully equipped boutique winery, which includes a new European processing plant, fermentation tanks, laboratory, barrel room, tasting room and private wine cellar.

The interior of the home features fine French oak, limestone sea shell tiles and granite, with decor styled by local interior designer Anna Desbonnets.

The property won the Supreme Award in the 2012 Auckland Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition, and a Gold Reserve Award in the National House of the Year competition.

Recently won Lotto? This property could be yours. It is being marketed by Bayleys here.

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