The self-drive tour runs from 10am to 4pm on Friday March 4 and costs $68 per person, with all proceeds going to support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
As well as getting a rare chance to explore homes and gardens that have featured in the magazine, tour participants are promised “a day of indulgence and fun”, with food, refreshments and competitions along the way.
The 11 local properties featured range from historic Victorian villas in Warkworth and Point Wells to spacious contemporary homes in Matakana and Omaha, plus a Garden of National Significance – Omaio in Whitmore Road on the Tawharanui Peninsula.
One of the featured houses is Sonia Couling’s 111-year-old villa in Bertram Street, Warkworth, which was on the front cover of NZ House & Garden in August 2015. It features bold coloured rooms and a wealth of quirky, retro collectibles. Sonia says she moved to Warkworth nearly seven years ago from the North Shore when she and her husband fell in love with the character of the house.
“This is our first time participating in an event like this,” she says, though she has helped to find some of the other homes on this year’s local tour.
Info and tickets: www.ivvy.com/event/NZHGHT/