Period piece on the Clive River

Clive River view from the boathouse

A riverfront villa that's perfect for groups: mess about in boats, bike to wineries or swan about historically.

On the banks of the Clive River sits a bay villa, in picturesque gardens with palms, a boat house and Cape Cod chairs at the water’s edge. One could easily believe the house has sat here graciously for a century, but looks deceive! Built in about 1915 as a doctor’s home in Napier, the house was moved to Clive in two pieces 20 years ago by current owner, Brent Pattison. Brent is a plumber by trade and a collector by nature. His father owned a museum devoted to jukeboxes and early colonial artifacts and all of his family have been collectors since they were young. The riverfront villa has been furnished from antique shops over time so that the interiors and fittings are all of a piece, with a 1920s Arts and Crafts feel. The period details extend even to the bathrooms, where the toilet has a pull-chain and large...

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Marlborough Gourmet Food and Wine Experiences

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre

Glorious wine and gourmet food to enjoy amidst the beautiful scenery of Marlborough

Marlborough is more than just a pretty place. Renowned for the stunning scenery of the Sounds, and as the wine-growing region that made New Zealand sauvignon blanc word-famous, Marlborough is gaining a reputation as a tasty destination for the gourmand. A succulent range of seafood is harvested from the deep, clean waters of the sounds. The arable soils and sunny days are perfect for grapes of course, but also for new crops such as nuts, saffron and olives. Here’s our pick of mouth-watering moments in Marlborough: Marlborough Farmers’ Market This is the perfect place to buy the best and freshest produce that Marlborough has to offer. Talk to the growers and artisans, they may give you a taste of such delicacies as handmade cheese, fresh seafood, pinenuts, almonds, olive oil, wild game meats and the region’s seasonal fruit and vegetables. Shop up for your gourmet picnic or cooking...

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Royal New Zealand Ballet Allegro
Tours Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Invercargill, DunedinWed, July 30, 2014 to Sat, August 23, 2014
Auckland Writers Festival 2014
Aotea Centre, AucklandWed, May 14, 2014 to Sun, May 18, 2014
Taupo Erupt Arts Festival 2014
Thu, May 08, 2014 to Sun, May 18, 2014
Wellington Jazz Festival 2014
Various venues around WellingtonThu, June 05, 2014 to Sun, June 08, 2014
American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2014
Various venues around QueenstownFri, June 20, 2014 to Sun, June 29, 2014
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Period piece on the Clive River

A riverfront villa that's perfect for groups: mess about in boats, bike to wineries or swan about historically.

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Glorious wine and gourmet food to enjoy amidst the beautiful scenery of Marlborough

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