Grand Designs New Zealand

The BEST episodes of Grand Designs New Zealand

Every episode of Grand Designs New Zealand ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Grand Designs New Zealand!

Hosted by Kiwi Architect Chris Moller, Grand Designs New Zealand will share the stories of creative and enterprising Kiwis who are taking on the challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes. No design is too ambitious, and no obstacle too large in their quest for the perfect house.

Last Updated: 8/5/2022Network: TV3 (NZ)
Queenstown: Modern Day Castle
68 votes

#1 - Queenstown: Modern Day Castle

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/30/2016

Christchurch earthquake refugees Andy Macbeth and Jo Denton build a modern-day fortress against the elements in alpine Queenstown.

South Brighton: Earthquake Rebuild
65 votes

#2 - South Brighton: Earthquake Rebuild

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2016

A terminally ill Christchurch man and his family are determined to stay in South Brighton despite on-going earthquakes, and the fact their house is being built on a sand dune.

45° House
71 votes

#3 - 45° House

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/1/2015

Chris meets architect Nic Ballara, who's planning to build a house on a steep 45-degree slope overlooking Wellington. Nic Ballara clearly has a head for heights as he starts to build a family home for him and his wife Callie and their 12-year-old daughter. Nic's site in the earthquake prone city of Wellington is so steep that it looks virtually impossible to build on, however Nic is convinced he has a solution and is determined to build his first home there. A logistical nightmare lies ahead as this Grand Design looks to be an uphill battle throughout.

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Suspended Glass House
39 votes

#4 - Suspended Glass House

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/18/2019

A site with a river running through it would put most people off. But not Harlem and Nicola who attempt to build a glass-house on a bridge over the water.

Point Chevalier: The Concreteologist
108 votes

#5 - Point Chevalier: The Concreteologist

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2016

Ross plans to create a towering home for his family on the cliffs of Point Chevalier. But after living on site for nearly 10 years, his family is now wondering if he'll ever get their home finished.

New Plymouth: Hemp Home
95 votes

#6 - New Plymouth: Hemp Home

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/2016

New Plymouth couple Greg and Gayle build one of the first hemp homes in NZ, and spend thousands shielding themselves against what they believe are the ill effects of electromagnetic radiation.

Grand Tearooms Penthouse
26 votes

#7 - Grand Tearooms Penthouse

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/14/2020

Auckland couple Bridget and Steve Varney take on the challenge of converting Farmers' grand tea rooms built in 1930 into a New York style loft.

Kapiti Coast: Stilt House
65 votes

#8 - Kapiti Coast: Stilt House

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/16/2016

Predicted sea level rises are not stopping architect Guy Marriage and his extended family from building a DIY Bach, only metres from the high tide mark on Wellington's Kapiti Coast.

American Barns
69 votes

#9 - American Barns

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/22/2015

The series finale sees Marty import two old American barns from New York valley, which are raised by heritage builders and merged with a design for a modern home. Timber merchant Marty Verry and his Venezuelan wife Morella have imported two historic New York barn frames that could be considered the oldest buildings in New Zealand. With plans to assemble the barn on the couples' rural site on the outskirts of Auckland, they intend them to become part of a modernist mansion acting as a tribute to the different timber Marty loves. But will the new homes honour the history they are built on or is this Grand Design set to take on a life of its own?

Straw Bale House
64 votes

#10 - Straw Bale House

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/15/2015

After years of living apart with their separate children, Mike and Catherine are finally building an extraordinary straw bale together on top of a rocky outcrop in central Otego. Between them, Mike and Cathy have seven children from their previous marriages. With the last child finally moved out of home, the couple are going to build a Grand Design in which they will live alone together for the first time. They will be calling on Catherine's skills as one of the few female joiners in the country and Mike's talents as an inventor to build a unique straw bale and hemp house on an exposed rocky outcrop near Wanaka.

Northland: Rusty House
77 votes

#11 - Northland: Rusty House

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/9/2016

Steve Wilson and Wendy Grell move from Auckland to the Northland beachside where they plan to build an architectural marvel of corten steel in an unassuming seaside community.

Ponsonby: French House
98 votes

#12 - Ponsonby: French House

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/23/2016

Philippe and Sarah Lods hope to create a modernist home based on Parisian apartments on a rare empty site in the heart of Auckland's historic Ponsonby.

Burnt Timber Pavilion
36 votes

#13 - Burnt Timber Pavilion

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/11/2019

Shane and Tina Nicholls design a unique family home using Japanese burnt timber and Scandinavian brick, a special memorial garden, views over the gulf, a wine cellar, a pool, and much more – it’s a truly international affair.

Grand Designs Revisited
19 votes

#14 - Grand Designs Revisited

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/23/2019

Chris Moller takes a tour of three exceptional Grand Designs homes from the last four seasons to see how they've developed and to ask the big question - was it all worth it?

Ultramodern Rooftop Home
20 votes

#15 - Ultramodern Rooftop Home

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/2/2020

Heritage building enthusiasts Ted and Ita Daniels create an ultra-modern rooftop apartment on top of one of the city's most beautiful renovations.

Christchurch: Britten Stables
37 votes

#16 - Christchurch: Britten Stables

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/3/2018

The daughter of world famous motorbike inventor, John Britten, takes on the multi-million dollar task of restoring the eclectic earthquake damaged family home.

Waiheke: Canopy House
35 votes

#17 - Waiheke: Canopy House

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/31/2017

Wedding dress designer Robyn and husband David have a dream to build a home that looks across a native canopy. But will getting materials to their Waiheke site make the build impossible?

Slipper Island: Island Hideaway
37 votes

#18 - Slipper Island: Island Hideaway

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/2017

Sky wants to build a remote, off-grid island sanctuary, where he and his family can escape the demands of mainland life.

Schist Vineyard
20 votes

#19 - Schist Vineyard

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/12/2020

Roland and Lucienne Vanderwal join forces with their son Michiel to build a home out of local schist, in the middle of their central Otago vineyard.

Kenepuru Sound: Pod House
18 votes

#20 - Kenepuru Sound: Pod House

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/21/2018

Kate and Ian want to live in the remote Kenepuru Sound, but it's a place tradies won't go to. Instead, the pair build off site and truck the home along a dangerous road.

Wanaka Wedge
37 votes

#21 - Wanaka Wedge

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/25/2019

Musicians Justine Cormack and Marc Taddei swap their Auckland home for the mountains of Central Otago. They risk all by adapting an American design for the Southern Hemisphere.

Beach Escape
35 votes

#22 - Beach Escape

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/2/2019

David and Tracey share a passion for architecture, but with diverging taste. Their joint home in Waipu Cove results in a clash of wills and an epic battle over the budget and infinity pool.

Sounds Hideaway
19 votes

#23 - Sounds Hideaway

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/19/2020

An off the grid monolith in the Marlborough Sounds is a challenging build. But when you live 12,000 miles away like the O'Briens, it's nigh on impossible.

Queenstown: Moving Mansion
35 votes

#24 - Queenstown: Moving Mansion

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/10/2017

Jamie and Melissa went to buy a staircase from a Christchurch villa and ended up buying the whole house. Now they must transport their massive manion overland to Queenstown.

Mangawhai: Jetty House
37 votes

#25 - Mangawhai: Jetty House

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/10/2018

Antiques lover Patty scours the country for historic materials to build a contemporary home. Her journey throws up weighty challenges like what to do with a hundred year old wharf?

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