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Good Life Homes Tour


Sun 11 Oct 2015, 9:00am–2:00pm

Where: Rodney, Various, Matakana

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: festival

Visit four stunningly different eco homes & gardens and hear from their owners how they have created their own slice of ‘The Good Life’. The tour starts in Sandspit, then heads to two properties in Matakana before ending in Pakiri.

Spaces are limited to 20 per home visit and each home must be booked separately. On booking you will receive details of the property locations. Book online

Guests are asked that they bring a $5 koha per person to each property to thank the hosts for their time. Please meet outside the property at the designated time and wait for event manager Toni van Tonder before proceeding.

Property Details:


Puririflat sits on the hill, overlooking the Sandspit inlet. The house is an iconic New Zealand Lockwood, built of solid timber. The Holts have a wood fired Rayburn which they use for cooking, heating their water, and provides wonderful central heating during the winter. Power comes from solar panels on the roof, sewage is processed by worms and the grey water by reeds. The house sits in 3acres, complete with organic olives and vines, as well as a large glass house, vege garden and orchard. Also in residence is a beautiful black and white Ahipara sheep and Arakana hens which lay blue/green eggs.

MATAKANA 10.30am

Currently in the final stages of construction, the Brigg’s home is a passive solar, natural build using straw bale insulation, macrocarpa framing and clay plasters. It’s a three/four bedroom family home that the family have designed and optimised to largely heat itself over the winter. Their aim is to showcase a contemporary design using natural materials to achieve a house that is low impact in build, use and demolition, and is warm, dry, comfortable, healthy and a pleasure to live in.

MATAKANA 11.30am

This home owner has created an edible landscape around her eco-house in Matakana Village on her 1/4 acre section. 50 fruit trees include apples, pears, plums, persimmons, casimiroa, cherimoya, peaches, bananas, feijoas, grapes, olives and passionfruit, not to mention raised bed vegetable gardens and herbs. The house is a passive solar design: the roof angles allow the warmth of the winter sun to be stored in a tiled floor and brick wall, whilst the summer sun is excluded, so the house is warm in winter and cool in summer. Hot water is heated by 4 solar panels, whilst electricity is generated by 12 photovoltaic cells. A wood burner heats the house in winter and with a wet-back fitted it also boosts the hot water when the sun is not shining.


Meet a family of 4 living in a 125 square metre mud brick home that they designed and built after their bungalow burnt to the ground 13 years ago. With a very limited budget and massive determination the Wards built the best house they could, that would be the cheapest to run. The property features an inside composting toilet, recycled timber, passive solar, gravity feed water, and permaculture garden.

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