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About this listing

Designed in 1976 by Ron Sang for renowned international photographer Brian Brake, the Brake House remains a classic of mid-century modernism.

DOCOMOMO lists it among New Zealand's top 20 modern buildings, sites and neighbourhoods.

The space

Enjoy the sensation of glass pavilions floating in the West Auckland rainforest. The Brake House, designed by one of the country's great architects Ron Sang, is an oasis of calm in New Zealand's largest city.

A marvel of craftsmanship and innovation, a stay at the Brake House feels like living in an artwork. The serene bush surrounding the house and the artwork of renowned and emerging New Zealand artists adorning the living spaces set the scene for a tranquil and inspiring experience.

You'll find one of the five deck areas perfect for breakfast, relaxing, or a drink while you soak in a sublime view of Auckland city, and the calming song of the native bird-life.

A glass bridge marks the meeting of the private and public areas of the house and is just one of many areas to sit and enjoy the extraordinary view.

Will it be morning yoga or an afternoon massage in the glass pavilion Tatami room? Or perhaps a perfect local pinot by the open fire?

To get you started, a stunning bottle of local wine awaits you, together with breakfast provisions featuring boutique local and organic fare.

Your luxurious experience will continue with sumptuous bed linens and towels crafted in NZ from high grade Egyptian cotton and locally made toiletries. Comfy robes and slippers are also supplied.

The Brake House showcases a carefully selected range of products and creations by local artisans. Where possible, each is sustainable and organic; and is available for you to purchase and enjoy.

For privacy, we have not posted photographs of the bedrooms and bathrooms, but will happily provide them on request. All bathrooms have Philippe Starck fixtures and fittings with one featuring a spa bath.

Interaction with guests

Concierge service: for an additional fee we will be happy to assist you with other arrangements for your stay including maid service, beauty, yoga, pilates and masseuse bookings, personal chef, boutique tours, Piha surf lessons and airport/city transfers to name a few. Please enquire when booking your stay.

The space
Bathrooms: 3.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check Out: 3PM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $150 NZD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)

Because we are a Category 1 New Zealand Historic Place, we ask that there be no smoking on the property.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
First aid kit

5 nights minimum stay

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Auckland, New Zealand · Joined in December 2015
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We are enthusiastic travellers with a passion for art, design and architecture.

We live with two cats in an architecturally significant home in the bush-clad Waitakere Ranges in Auckland's west.

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