Big bikkies for ex-ABs coach


A plush Kelvin Heights pad owned by former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains is the most expensive house sold in Queenstown this year.

The Peninsula Road property was sold by New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty.

It’s understood the buyer paid $3.82 million for the 560sq m contemporary lakefront home set on 1734sq m of landscaped grounds.

Mains, 70, says: “I was happy with the price.”

Mains coached the ABs from 1992 to the ill-fated Rugby World Cup final in 1995, losing to South Africa.

The King’s High School, Dunedin, old boy had played fullback after his All Blacks debut in 1971 against the Lions until 1976.

In 1998, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s honours, for services to rugby.

He also knows a thing or two about property, owning various GJ Gardner Homes franchises over the years.

The four-bedroom Kelvin Heights property has everything from a gym, home cinema and guest powder room to a boat mooring. The buyer is unknown.

The listing read: “Custom-designed for sleek sophistication and entertaining, this beautifully-presented single-level residence has clean modern lines, high ceilings and a gorgeous designer kitchen with scullery.”

Realtor Gerard Bligh’s had a good couple of months.

He also sold 594 Peninsula Road. The five-bedroom contemporary home with burnished copper finish likely also sold for millions, although the exact price is not known.