11 houses to open up for charity
Home and garden enthusiasts will get the chance to step inside some of Auckland’s most striking homes when the NZ House & Garden Tours 2014 returns to the city in March.
Now into its sixth year the country’s biggest national charity house tour is offering ticket-holders the opportunity to visit some beautiful and special homes.
The annual event will be held in Auckland on March 7.
Proceeds from the tours go to the Cancer Society of New Zealand, which works to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer, and Look Good Feel Better, which delivers workshops to build the confidence and wellbeing of women as they undergo treatment. Since starting in 2009 the event has raised more than $1 million for the two charities with about 20,000 people taking part.
Auckland is hosting two tours this year giving participants the chance to visit 11 homes in Devonport, Mt Eden and Herne Bay, followed by a rural Auckland tour on March 28 featuring nine in Clevedon and Alfriston.
NZ House & Garden editor Sally Duggan says the homes are a mix of the best of Auckland’s urban and rural houses.
‘‘The Auckland region has a real diversity of houses and we are proud to be showcasing this on the tours,’’ she says.
‘‘The Auckland tour on March 7 includes lovely homes of all styles, from a grand French country style home to a tiny apartment with a clever outdoor space featuring vertical gardens.
‘‘And our rural Auckland tour at the end of March takes in a lakeside cottage, a hilltop mansion and a clever architectural farmhouse.’’
Tickets are available now for $65 each and are strictly limited.
Last year’s event was a sell-out, so get in quick.
To purchase tickets for the NZ House & Garden Tours 2014, go to ticketmaster. co.nz.