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The Hawk House - Rangi Kahu - near Wanaka

SuperhostQueensberry, Otago, New Zealand
Entire house hosted by Denise
6 guests3 bedrooms6 beds3 baths
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This special house, with stunning views, has just won the Master Builders Supreme House of the Year award for NZ. Rangi Kahu (sky filled with hawks) gives magical time out to three couples or six friends (the King beds can split to six King singles or your combo) wanting a retreat 15 minutes drive from Wanaka or Cromwell.
The house and studio design are a tribute to Kahu (hawks) that ride the thermal waves. Eight can stay by booking the studio on a separate AirBnB listing.

The space
The house’s soaring triple glazed windows take in sweeping views of the Clutha river, the valley and the surrounding mountains. This is Australasian architect James Stockwell’s latest project. He became renowned for his unorthodox Croft house, deemed by UK TV show host Kevin McCloud to be one of THE best Grand Designs houses ever. This time James has buried the house entrance Hobbit-style in tussocks (a
nod to the Lord of the Rings landscape), with the Canadian oak veneer ceiling pinned down like a tent fly at each end. It’s spectacular!
(NOTE the studio can be rented as well. It is a workspace, meeting room, yoga studio or fourth bedroom that sleeps two on a quality sofa bed. Book this for $220 a night on https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/30428402?preview_for_ml=true&source_impression_id=p3_1565657633_wdB2dQSO5buRdBTn
The beauty of the architecture and the view allows The Hawk House to calm your spirit. But there is also fun to be had, with the stylish village of Wanaka set on a lake just 15 minutes drive away. Famous Pinot Noir wineries and a historic village of artists are also 15 minutes away near Cromwell. Catch trout in the river (see view), cycle or walk along the water’s edge or hike on Conservation land behind the house.

Guest access
The main house has three beautiful bedrooms and three elegant bathrooms and can accommodate three couples in Master King beds or the beds can be split to become six King singles - or your combination.
The kitchen and laundry are fitted out with quality European appliances. The furnishings are elegant with an organic feel and local art features. However it is the craftsmanship of builder Nick Mizzi of Spearhead Construction that will most captivate you.
The studio is a mini me of the main house and has a quality Queen sofa bed, with innerspring mattress, a desk, table and chairs. This space is excellent as a meeting room, office, yoga studio or an extra bedroom. It is very beautiful inside, with a smaller perfectly formed folding ceiling. It’s close to the house and its three bathrooms. This large space is available at an extra cost of $220 a night. Note it does not have wifi but you can hotspot off a phone. It cannot be booked separately from the house. See Hawk House studio listed on Air BnB

Other things to note
The house is beautiful year round. The surroundings mountains are covered in snow in winter but the house only ever gets a pretty sprinkle. James Stockwell is famous for passive solar heating so the house faces north for sun, has triple glazing and has a powerful designer fireplace with two glass sides. There is wall heating in the three bedrooms and underfloor heating and wall heating in the three bathrooms. The studio also has heating.
In summer it’s often 25 to 30 degrees so you can swim in the lakes or river nearby. The house stays cool because of the triple glazing. In spring there is blossom and lambs galore and in autumn the leaves are legendary at the darling historic village of Arrowtown
This special house, with stunning views, has just won the Master Builders Supreme House of the Year award for NZ. Rangi Kahu (sky filled with hawks) gives magical time out to three couples or six friends (the King beds can split to six King singles or your combo) wanting a retreat 15 minutes drive from Wanaka or Cromwell.
The house and studio design are a tribute to Kahu (hawks) that ride the thermal waves. Eight can stay by booking the studio on a separate AirBnB listing.

The space
The house’s soaring triple glazed windows take in sweeping views of the Clutha river, the valley and the surroundi…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 single beds
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

Amenities

Wi-Fi
Laptop-friendly workspace
Smoke alarm
Washing machine
Heating
Hangers
Air conditioning
TV
First aid kit
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Queensberry, Otago, New Zealand

The house feels like it's far from the madding crowd but a few minutes drive away is the highly regarded Archangel winery, which serves drinks and food, and the world-renowned Hoglund glass gallery. The local historic pub at Luggate has meals nightly and live bands in the beer garden on weekends. There are walking tracks behind the house or you can cycle or walk down by the river. The trout are biting down there too!
There are three beautiful lakes to swim in - Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan all a short drive away.
Wanaka airport is just up the road for paragliding, helicopter flights or flying lessons and other adventure activities. Two ski fields are a picturesque 40 minute drive away. The property, on a 12 hectare (20 acre) block, is part of an old sheep station, carved up recently to create idyllic lifestyle blocks. It's close to Wanaka township with all its activities and shopping but also blissfully away. The scenery will revive you.
The house feels like it's far from the madding crowd but a few minutes drive away is the highly regarded Archangel winery, which serves drinks and food, and the world-renowned Hoglund glass gallery. The local h…

Hosted by Denise

Joined in December 2018
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Hello, welcome to Hawk House - New Zealand’s Supreme House of the Year in the 2019 Master Builder awards. The architect James Stockwell has won many awards too. The builder Nick Mizzi of Spearhead Developments has been made a Gold award winner and won the national Craftsmanship award for this stunning build, which has 180 degree views 15 minutes drive from the lively towns of Wanaka and Cromwell. It’s set up for three couples or six friends (or 8 if you book the adjacent spacious studio) to have three nights or more away for a gals’ weekend, fishing trip (trout in the river out front), book group, foodie, hiking, skiing, cycling (famous rail trail nearby), family or wine appreciation (lots of vineyards) catchup. The Super King beds, in the three bedrooms with three beautiful bathrooms, also split to six King singles or your configuration. It’s very elegant but also comfortable, with amazing soaring ceilings to echo the views. The roof of the house and the mini-me studio are like the wings of the hawks that ride the thermal waves outside the windows. The house was also designed to echo the folds of the landscape on the mountains across from it. It is solar heated as well as having wall heating and a huge double sided fireplace. You won’t need the heating on much even in snow conditions as it captures the sun and holds the heat in with the double and triple glazed glass. The kitchen is well stocked and has European appliances. The TV has Netflix. You will love it!
Hello, welcome to Hawk House - New Zealand’s Supreme House of the Year in the 2019 Master Builder awards. The architect James Stockwell has won many awards too. The builder Nick Mi…
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The host for your stay is Sarah, who lives nearby. This friendly and knowledgable local will meet you at the property and show you how everything works. There is an information folder listing local wineries, shopping etc.
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Checkout: 10:00 am
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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