Doors swing open to top Auck­land homes


A man­sion be­long­ing to one of New Zealand’s top art col­lec­tors is open­ing its doors to the pub­lic.

New­mar­ket home ‘‘Ran­noch’’, the man­sion home of Sir James Wal­lace, is one of eight homes in the up­com­ing 2017 NZ House & Gar­den House Tour.

The home, de­signed by ar­chi­tect James Lloyd and built around 1915, con­tains one of the more com­pre­hen­sive pri­vate col­lec­tions of New Zealand art.

Ran­noch is sel­dom open to the pub­lic, but roy­alty, prime min­is­ters, as well as opera and movie stars, have been guests in the man­sion over the years. Wal­lace is chair­man of the Waitoa-based Wal­lace Cor­po­ra­tion and is the owner of an art col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing more than 5000 pieces.

The fi­nal leg of the 2017 NZ House & Gar­den House Tour will be held in Auck­land on April 7. The tour, held in five lo­ca­tions across New Zealand, is the largest char­ity house tour in New Zealand, and sup­ports the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

The tour of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the many trea­sures in ev­ery cor­ner of Ran­noch spread over four lev­els. Its wood­land gar­den will also be open to view.

NZ House & Gar­den ed­i­tor Sally Dug­gan said the fi­nal leg of the tour was a show­case of di­ver­sity, both in the build­ings and the peo­ple who call them home.

Last year, the event se­ries raised more than $56,000 for the char­ity, with Fair­fax Me­dia do­nat­ing an ad­di­tional $100,000 ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign fund­ing for breast can­cer aware­ness.

The Auck­land tour will fea­ture eight houses rang­ing in size and ar­chi­tec­tural style.

Real es­tate agent Michael Boul­garis opens the doors to his re­stored Span­ish Mis­sion house in Re­muera. Also in the line-up is the Free­man’s Bay dwelling of Sarah and Philippe Lods, an in­dus­trial-style con­tem­po­rary home that re­cently fea­tured on Grand De­signs NZ as well as a wa­ter­front home made in the con­verted chang­ing rooms on Pt Cheva­lier beach.

Ar­chi­tects’ own homes are part of the mix in­clud­ing an apart­ment on Pon­sonby Rd de­signed for a cou­ple who down­sized when the kids left home, and ar­chi­tect Guy Tar­rant’s own Pt Cheva­lier house for his fam­ily, which neigh­bours thought was a pub­lic li­brary when it was first built.


Art col­lec­tor Sir James Wal­lace in his home, with a Ralph Hotere paint­ing.

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