The G.J. Gardner story

03:26, Jul 30 2013
GJ Gardner team
The team at G.J. Gardner Marlborough : Diana Wightwick, Wayne McFarlane, Mike Wightwick, Brian Watt, Ally Shannon and Myles Thompson.

G.J. Gardner Homes in Marlborough have three showhomes in Blenheim showing off the variety of styles they can produce, and options they can provide for Marlborough property owners.



137 Taylor Pass Road is an example of G.J.'s classic 'Byron' plan; a 237m² home that has been upgraded in many areas to show the variety in high-spec options available.


Pay a visit sometime to see an easy-living home with 4-bedrooms and a study, plus twin living rooms and a master bedroom including an ensuite.

Also featured are high quality granite benchtops, tiled bathrooms with entry level shower and a beautiful wood-decked outdoor area.

The show home at 137 exemplifies executive living in a premier Blenheim subdivision 


Right next door at 139 Taylor Pass Road, G.J.'s in Marlborough have built an example of their 'Express' range from the 'Island Express' plan 

This home, purely built to Express specifications, exhibits the quality and practicality that is available in G.J.'s cost-effective series of homes.

This is a lovely 175m2 family home which is bright and breezy, making living easy.

The Express range packages all the style and quality of your typical G.J.'s build but with an added focus on affordability.

The two Taylor Pass Road showhomes demonstrate that whether your budget is $100,000 or $1,000,000 - they can offer you a great deal in terms of both economy, and a sensational finished product. 

Meanwhile, the latest showhome at the new Harakeke Place subdivision shows off yet more variety.


Harakeke Place is an idyllic subdivision developed by G.J.'s just a short distance from Central Blenheim.

Safety and security is important in a retirement lifestyle, and Harakeke Place gives you the chance to retire in your own home.  

The showhome itself was built as an exemplar of the many houses already completed and occupied in the quiet cul-de-sac, as well as the dozens of others that are yet to be built; it features many elements that promote the free and easy lifestyle perfectly suited to active retirees.

Built as a modern, executive retirement home which welcomes the winter sun all day long, the showhome's many features can be summarised as promoting low maintenance and easy living.

A lovely easy to work kitchen, level entry tiled shower and easy access cavity sliders are just some of the features displayed.

The insulated engineered floor slab is another example of the many ways to keep a modern home warm.

At Harakeke Place, you get an impression not just of a home, but of a community of people in the 55+ age bracket. Harakeke Place therefore, is more than a cul-de-sac, it's a lifestyle village, but without the onerous conditions and small print that usually come as standard with these types of communities.

When you purchase your Harakeke Place home, which G.J.'s can design and build to suit your dreams - it belongs to you freehold.

These three showhomes underline the reason why G.J. Gardner Homes are New Zealand's favourite home builder, they have something for everyone, so just pop in to see the friendly team. 


It is a question that features in the mind of homeowners seeking to find the perfect house, is it already out there, or am I best to have it built.

Mike Wightwick, Managing Director of Marlborough's branch of New Zealand's favourite home builders, G.J. Gardner Homes, says building rather than buying a home means you get exactly what you want.

"You can take advantage of the modern features and technologies that suit your lifestyle," Mike says, "which may be anything from new, high quality insulation products to energy efficient appliances all with new guarantees or extra fittings.

New homes are often easier to live in with features such as lower floor heights for easy access, a warmer and drier home that promotes healthier living, lower energy costs and even a lower chance of being affected by allergies."

A custom-built home will often have a better re-sale potential and capital gains value and a home built to suit a certain lifestyle will always attract and provide a great proposition to similar people in the real estate market. 

To find out more about how G.J. Gardner Homes in Marlborough can help you achieve your dream, pop into their Blenheim offices at 2/57 Seymour Street or visit any of their three showhomes that demonstrate the variety available.

They offer fixed contract prices coupled with local contractors and independent, expert product knowledge.

Award winning Sales Consultant Brian Watt will ensure a build process that suits you along with the local team who have a true passion for delivering dream homes to clients; with over 400 homes built in Marlborough, you can join a long list of happy customers living the G.J. dream.



"We moved into our new home at Harakeke Place five months ago and have found it a very peaceful and pleasant location but only minutes from town. It's an ideal place for older folk who want to retire with the security of owning their home outright, that's what G.J.s have done for people here.

"We were one of the first to move in to the subdivision but since then we've been joined by many delightful neighbours, having looked all over the country we are thrilled with the choice we made to move here and especially with G.J. Gardner Marlborough's excellent service 

"Our home was designed from the ground up to suit us, the insulated floor slab and extra insulation options makes heating and retaining heat easy, not to mention economical! The home is 175m² which is smaller than what we've had in the past, but the custom design means that the most is made out of every square metre.

"We are excited to recommend the team at G.J. Gardner in Marlborough because they are a great team. We have built five houses in our time as well as a block of flats so we have plenty of experience in building. We were especially impressed with their thorough professionalism and they are extremely reliable - inspiring confidence in us as they surely do with all their clients, which is the best you can get from your home building company."


Ron and Lorraine Dalton

The Marlborough Express