Picturesque pond: The gardens include a stunning pond with white water irises and water lilies


A luxury home and luxuriant garden in rural Queenstown’s Birchwood Road’s on the market for $7 million-plus.

The garden — familiar to those patronising ‘Twilight Opera’ concerts over the past two years — was recently recognised as a ‘garden of national significance’ by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.

Designed for the vendors by celebrated Australian garden designer Paul Bangay, it features
literally hundreds of ‘Sally Holmes’ roses, bluebells, catmint, lavender and ‘Snow Hill’ hydrangeas, with different combinations in different areas.

Using a green, white and mauve colour palette, the garden becomes less formal the further
you move away from the house, while continually complementing the surrounding landscape and mountain views.

Standout features include buxus balls around apple trees, wisteria-covered pergolas and a
large pond with a rock waterfall, white water irises and water lilies.

The 1.46-hectare Dalefield property incorporates a 320 square metre home and garage designed by Kerry Mason, from MAP Architects, who also designed Queenstown’s Amisfield

Constructed by local builder Fraser Mackenzie in 2013, it features stacked stone walls, cedar weatherboards, euro tray roofing and copper guttering and spouting.

The master bedroom and two guest bedrooms open out onto private courtyards.

The open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area opens to the north, while a separate media
snug/library’s connected to an outdoor fireplace.

Impressive entranceway: The schist wall’s designed so from the driveway you can see the garden beyond

The property’s being marketed by Arrowtown-based Luxury Real Estate NZ directors Terry
Spice and Nick Horton.

Spice comments: ‘‘When you collectively get a world-renowned architect and landscape designer, a master builder and passionate owners, the project should always deliver an exceptional result.

‘‘This is one of those projects that, although photographed very well, the feeling of being there and present cannot be beaten.

‘‘Nick and my company are very lucky to represent such an exquisite property — I absolutely adore this one.’’

Six weeks into a sales campaign, Spice says they’ve had several quality viewings, and have
received one offer while also dealing with two other interested parties.

‘‘We have seen good energy and activity within the domestic market over the past quarter, and with Australian buyers able to visit shortly, we hope, I see another flurry of sales in the mid to upper price bracket.’’

The sales method is by negotiation, Spice says.

‘‘Buyers with a budget of $7m-plus are encouraged to view.’’