Up to 100 homes achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
Local Category Winner
The highest-scoring Gold Award Winner becomes the Local Category Winner.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
Strolling along the water’s edge of Lake Taupo, you’ll spy two distinctive gable ends that reveal a home with a classic Kiwi boathouse feel. Time-honoured cedar board and batten cladding conspire with trough-style spouting to give a traditional look. Wide steps welcome guests onto the main outdoor living area where a kwila deck has built-in seating. It’s a beautiful spot to sit back with a cold one and watch the sun set after a long day fishing on the lake. Large stacking doors open to the kitchen-dining hub, equipped with commercial-grade appliances. Warm tile floors and plenty of natural lighting are welcome features of this space. Architectural beams on the main deck frame the picture-perfect view of Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. A second set of stacked doors lead to a sheltered rear deck while maintaining the unrestricted views of the lake and mountains. There’s also a geo-thermally heated cedar hot tub, which can be directly accessed from the rear bedrooms. The lake-facing master suite enjoys wonderful views and a luxury ensuite.