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At dusk the strip uplighting makes the house glow. The sculpture, by Auckland artist Neil Donaldson, is called Circles of Life. The stone walls comprise local Schist. There is moveable outdoor furniture to take in the view from any angle.
At dusk the strip uplighting makes the house glow. The sculpture, by Auckland artist Neil Donaldson, is called Circles of Life. The stone walls comprise local Schist. There is moveable outdoor furniture to take in the view from any angle.
  • The Hawk House - Rangi Kahu (Sky of Hawks) in Maori - has just won four Master Builder awards, including the Supreme House of the Year 2019 for the Southern region. Its design mimics hawk wings and the mountain folds across the beautiful valley.
  • At dusk the strip uplighting makes the house glow. The sculpture, by Auckland artist Neil Donaldson, is called Circles of Life. The stone walls comprise local Schist. There is moveable outdoor furniture to take in the view from any angle.
  • This drone shot of the main house and Baby Hawk studio shows why award-winning environmental architect James Stockwell describes both roofs as Miura Japanese fold, a bit like the paper folding game played by generations of Australasian children.
  • The Hawk house won the 2019 Supreme House of the Year award for the Southern region. Builder Nick Mizzi won the prestigious Craftsmanship award, as well as a Gold award and a category award. Wish Rangi Kahu luck at the national awards on 23 November!
  • This beautiful new home, set on 12 hectares (20 acres), lies between the chic town of Wanaka and the famous Pinot Noir wineries and artists precinct near Cromwell. Each town is a 15-minute drive away but there's a historic pub and winery nearby.
  • Sprinkling of snow at Rangi Kahu on a winter day.
  • The entrance is dramatic, with the house buried Hobbit-style in tussocks. Scenes for the movie Lord of the Rings  were filmed in the area so it’s a fitting tribute. The sign Rangi Kahu (Maori for Sky of Hawks) welcomes you to the spacious car park.
  • Our talented builder Nick Mizzi of Spearhead used diverse wood panels to great effect in the elegant main entrance. Note how the house has modernistic lighting which reflects into the view. Firewood is provided for the dramatic, two-sided fireplace.
  • The kitchen is the hub of this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home. A fine place to sit at the Corian bar and gaze at the folding ceiling and wide views. Foodies love the quality European appliances, which make for memorable meals at an 8-seat dining table.
  • This Corten steel "Circles of Life" sculpture by Auckland sculptor Neil Donaldson can be seen from all angles of the 180 degree view and is lit up at night. The folds of the mountains are echoed in the folding roof of the house.
  • The roof of the main lounge is pinned down like a tent fly, creating extraordinary angles. The designer German fireplace has two glass sides that open with a remarkable pulley system. It's cosy for watching Netflix on TV or listening to music.
  • The lounge is cosy with a television perfectly placed for chilling out near the fire. The angular windows are replicated in the striking suspended and angled shelf.
  • Uplighting and floating designer lights over the Corian benchtop offer a theatrical feel. A suspended seat and desk (at left) provide another breakout space. A stylish laundry with European washing machine and drier sits behind the kitchen.
  • The 8-seat dining table has lovely mountain and river views.
  • This suspended day seat and unique desk, with angular drawers, lead to the beautiful master bedroom with ensuite. There are extra chairs that can be used here or outside to enjoy the views.
  • The master bedroom looks to the Clutha river and mountains beyond and, like the lounge area, has a 'tent fly' soaring ceiling, echoing the folds of the roof. Wooden privacy screens can block the light but many guests choose to wake to the view.
  • The master bedroom ensuite has a spacious shower, soaring ceilings and night lighting. The angled door is quirky. All three bathrooms have distinctive basins, subway tiles, mosaic shower inserts, designer chrome fittings and underfloor heating.
  • This view across to the St Bathans Range can be seen clearly from the house and large front deck. Lie in bed in the master bedroom and take it in or sit at the kitchen bar and daydream. The braided Clutha river in the foreground is picture perfect.
  • A breath-taking view down the valley towards Lake Hawea, with Mt Aspiring clear on a fine day. Such a view can make you feel small in the universe. It is calming and is guaranteed to help you forget your worries. Guests at Hawk House sleep well.
  • The second bedroom also has a Master King bed (or splits to two King singles) and has an ensuite with a spacious shower and a designer basin. Lying in bed, you are looking at the ceiling as it folds in beautiful panels of Canadian oak veneer.
  • The third bedroom also has a Master King bed (or splits to two King singles) and has an adjacent bathroom as well. All bedrooms have wardrobes and this bedroom also has a desk and extra shelving.
  • Another angle on the  lounge area, which has a large screen television and sound system near the open fire.
  • Hawks ride the thermal waves in front of the Hawk House, also known in Maori as Rangi Kahu. Photo copyright: Simon Larkin of Larkin Design, Wanaka.
  • In 15 minutes drive you can be sitting on the edge of Lake Wanaka, ideal for swimming, kayaking and to walk around. The village of Wanaka is very lively and chic, with great restaurants, shopping and cafes.
  • Photos of hawks, taken by professional photographer Simon Larkin at the front of the house, welcome visitors at the house entry area. The Corian kitchen bench is like a bespoke piece of furniture.
  • Spontaneous synchronised swimming in Lake Wanaka. The water is very clean and clear.
  • This was taken on a walk along the Clutha river in front of the house. Isn’t the colour of the water gorgeous? You can cycle along the river too. The easiest place to access the river is at the nearby town of Luggate.
  • Lake Dunstan is a few minutes drive from the house. You can swim, use a boat or do one of the beautiful walks such as The 45th Parallel walk, which provides amazing views.
  • Lake Dunstan is lovely with mirror image views.
  • Another Kahu (Hawk) riding the thermal waves in front of the house. Photo copyright: Simon Larkin of Larkin Design.
  • See here the main house and the beautiful Baby Hawk studio which can be booked for an extra $220 a night (see separate Air BnB listing) to cater for two more guests on a quality Queen sofa bed.  (8 people in total).
  • This gives you a sense of the wonderful view from both the house and the studio.
  • The Baby Hawk studio is separate to the main house and can be used as a yoga studio, meeting room, writing studio or extra bedroom as it has a quality Queen sofa bed with an inner sprung mattress. It is a mini me of the house with a folded ceiling.
  • The Baby Hawk studio looks lovely at night and has a panoramic view by day. Elegant curtains offer privacy. The desk and table can join to become a meeting table. It’s a brilliant place to work or do yoga. No wifi but you can hotspot from a phone.
  • The desk in the Baby Hawk studio faces the view. A writers retreat. There is no bathroom but the house has three bathrooms close by. There’s an electric kettle for making a cuppa and a water jug and glasses. It’s $220/night for the spacious studio.
  • The sofa bed has an inner sprung mattress. It’s also a very comfy sofa. The room has soft grey rugs on a polished grey concrete floor. 
Baby Hawk studio must be booked on a separate Air BnB listing for $220 a night.
  • Full moon at Hawk House
  • The studio is spacious with a magical mountain view.
  • Morning mist on some winter mornings, with St Bathans covered in snow.
  • Lake Hawea is one of three lakes a short drive from the house. Simply stunning. Drive around it to the famous Blue Pools in Mt Aspiring National
park. Not to be missed.
  • It’s only a 20 minute walk from the road in Mt Aspiring National Park to the Blue Pools but you go through a fern forest, cross a swing bridge over a river and then come to the most amazing aquamarine pools, with fantails flying.
  • Hawk House at dusk
  • Everyone loves the Hawk House, including this tradesman's pup.
  • Builder Nick Mizzi won the Craftsmanship and a Gold building award in the Master Builder awards for southern region 2019. His work is impeccable. The House won Supreme House of the Year.
  • The suspended bench seat is a favourite place to sit and soak up the view.
  • Hawk House on a misty winter morning.
  • The master bedroom is oriented to take in the Clutha River and the St Bathans mountain range.
  • Sunrise with the Clutha river - great for trout fishing, boating and for riverside walks - in the foreground. St Bathans mountain at the rear.
  • Sunrise at Hawk House
  • The first part of The 45th Parallel walk is steep but then it flares out with amazing views until the descent to Lake Dunstan. Numerous wineries nearby offer a place to unwind after this effort. Try Cloudy Bay, Wooing Tree, Mt Difficulty and more.
  • St Bathans bliss. You can never tire of this view.
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At dusk the strip uplighting makes the house glow. The sculpture, by Auckland artist Neil Donaldson, is called Circles of Life. The stone walls comprise local Schist. There is moveable outdoor furniture to take in the view from any angle.