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This split-level, ’70s-style home at Lake Tarawera is amazing (and for hire via Airbnb)


When, in October 2020, the new owners of this Lake Tarawera property walked into the home they’d bought remotely, they’d only just stepped off a plane from Melbourne and out of quarantine. The sun was setting fast, and butterflies of anticipation shook their bodies like a tumble-dryer.

Top Adding to the home’s character are tiles by Matakana’s Morris & James. The guy who laid them said, “These tiles are all uneven”, and when original owners Jan and Wayne replied that, yes, they’re handmade, he said, “I reckon they’re on the wacky backy!” Above The conservatory is tiled and runs along the front wall of the kitchen.

Until then, they’d relied on a family member making visits to the for-sale property. The real-estate photos had been imbued with a red tinge and the floorplans they’d been emailed had some discrepancies, but still the home’s design credentials shone through.

Above A red beech island meets mataī flooring and Tasmanian blackwood cabinetry in the kitchen, plus a Platform stool from Città that provides a place to perch.

Although built in 1983, the four-bedroom dwelling tucked into native bush was a showcase of late-’70s style. Under a monopitch, soaring roof there were several levels…

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