Nestled in native New Zealand bush, near the pristine north eastern coastline is a little piece of paradise. It's called the Te Arai Lodge.
Whilst on my annual pilgrimage back to the homeland, I had the privilege of both staying and being commissioned to photograph this wonderful hideaway. Designed by renowned architect Pip Cheshire, its truly unique attributes become immediately apparent as you descend down the native plant-lined driveway. It has a clever two-part design, joined by an open common space and anchored by a striking concrete moulded chimney. The exterior weatherboards have blended this structure straight into it's natural surroundings. From the photo above you can also see the competition level Petanque court for an afternoon's game with a jug of Pimms at the ready. Walk down to the pontoon and dive into the fresh water "pool" which is rather more like a lake. The waterfall is operated by the push of a button from inside, as are most other things, with the whole house being fitted out with electrical wizardry. One of the benefits of staying for a few days at a place like this is the vision of the architect begins to materialise. The large glass sliding doors framing picture postcard views of rolling countryside out one side. Look out the other side of the house and you get these large doors framing various other incredible views. Slide these doors open and you can create your own bespoke living space, depending on the time of the day, or which way the wind is blowing!
I could wax lyrical all evening about this place. But i'll leave it at that for now. I would suggest the best way to experience this unique little slice of paradise is to go see it for yourself! These photos are for a new website to promote the property - so i'll keep you posted.
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I'm well overdue for a blog catch-up with all the recent work... so will endeavour to do so very soon... so stay tuned!