Q&A

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Eight years ago, when my builder, Phil Davy, pulled out all the stops to get the ren­o­va­tion fin­ished so I could have my first Christ­mas at the beach. Sadly Phil passed away last year but the bach is a tes­ta­ment to his great work­man­ship.

When a truck­load of top­soil ar­rived and the tip truck couldn’t fit through the gate so I had to move it all on my own with a wheel­bar­row and spade, which took nearly two days.

Keep­ing the dark-stained wooden floors clean. The floor guys ad­vised against go­ing so dark or so highly pol­ished, be­cause it’s hard to keep clean, but I in­sisted. Now I know what they meant, be­cause ev­ery sin­gle speck of dust is high­lighted!

Fish and chips from Otaki Seafood: the chips are hand-cut and gen­er­ous and they even have crumbed fil­lets. The South­ward Car Mu­seum in Otai­hanga. Where else can you get close to a gull-wing Mercedes-Benz?

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