Up to 100 homes achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
Two Local Supreme Awards are awarded from each regional event.
This is awarded to the builder with the highest score in the Workmanship category of the judging criteria.
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.
Local Heart of the Home Kitchen
Bestowed on the kitchen that most meets the needs of its owners.
Some regions award a Lifestyle Award for a house showing exceptional interior design within that region.
Local Outdoor Living
Awarded to a home that best maximises exterior and interior living.
Situated on one of the most sought-after streets in Taupo, this four-bedroom Hilltop home with four bathrooms and three living spaces is all class. Stylishly clad in stained shiplap cedar the timeless and solid structure sits beautifully on an elevated site. It overlooks a reserve and the lake, with mountains in the distance. This is the stuff dreams are made of. But it’s once you step inside that the true beauty is revealed. Fijian kauri plywood ceilings are sure to draw gasps from guests. The material carries through to the soffits and an impressive front door which towers to 3m and is embedded with bespoke glass leaves handmade by the homeowner. Intricate glasswork is a subtle yet striking feature of the home with light coverings and artwork also lovingly crafted by the talented owner. Gorgeous views and natural light flood into the contemporary yet cosy interiors. Inside flows out to covetable alfresco spaces. A deep concrete swimming pool is connected to a smaller thermally heated hot pool framed by beautiful landscaping.