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Uncle Bill’s legacy

William McNie won a block of land near Ohakune at the end of the 19th century. The cottage he built has been restored by his descendants and named in his memory - More

Beach bungalow moves with the times

Kakanui Beach Retreat has recently undergone its second metamorphosis - refurbished to cater for the next generation. - More

Nelson labour of love

A 1930s villa has been painstakingly restored by hand, piece by piece - More

Canterbury potter’s cottage

A hundred-year-old worker's cottage near Darfield is now a popular holiday spot for skiers as far away as Europe - More

The story of a Mangawhai woolshed

A hundred years ago, it was a woolshed on the site of the original Te Arai settlement at Mangawhai Heads - More

Ninety years in the life of a Waiheke bach

A two-room bach at Oneroa has evolved into a collection of three cottages with sea views - More

Old barn, new bach

What began life as a hay barn has been transformed by its architect owner into a holiday home with a loft bedroom - More

The story of Wyuna Magic

Beverley Mayhead's Coromandel beach house has been in the family for generations - More

Railway cottage gets a new lease of life

A renovated Martinborough railway cottage is the culmination of years of planning by its owners - More