House of the week: Lake Wakatipu
Years of skiing holidays in Queenstown inspired one Auckland couple to take the plunge and make the permanent move down south.
The result was an impressive, top-end build, located in the exclusive suburb of Kelvin Heights, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
Jutting majestically from the rock and tussock, the north-facing home has been built to take advantage of panoramic views and all-day sun, the owner says.
"It's a spectacular site, with views right out over the lake and back towards the airport and the Crown Range. You can see the Remarkables, and at the opposite end you can see Walter Peak."
The open-plan interior has been kept deliberately simple, flowing onto a wide outdoor living space which wraps around the house.
"Even in the middle of winter we sit out and have morning tea on the deck. We spend a lot of time out there," the owner says.
"That's really the nicest part of it, you can get out and walk around in any direction and get a magnificent view."
Four bedrooms and three bathrooms ensures there is plenty of space for guests in this 365 square metre home, while an additional lounge upstairs next to the master bedroom enables privacy.
The exterior cladding of the home is cedar and schist, and Queenstown stone has been turned into unique tiles in the bathroom.
Double glazing has been used throughout, while solar panels in the roof mean the owners are more than self-sufficient in electricity.
There is also a lift for ease of use from the basement to the third level.
"We wanted it to be top quality, using as much of the best building materials that we could afford."
Located 10 minutes from the airport and 20 from town, the house is right in the centre of it all, as well as being ideally placed for day trips around the region.
"The crux of it really is the life down here. Central Otago is quite a special place."The house has been designed and built and set up to take full advantage of the site and the best part of the area down here."
This house is currently for sale. Click here to view the listing.