The BEST Episodes of Grand Designs New Zealand

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2021

Network: TV3 (NZ)

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.

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The Concreteologist - Revisited

#1 - The Concreteologist - Revisited

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 6, 2019

One of Grand Designs' most compelling builds, in which concretologist Ross risks life and limb to create a towering home for his family on the cliffs of Pt Chevalier.

star 8.20
5 votes
Back To The Music Box

#2 - Back To The Music Box

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 30, 2019

Mahuia and Mindy are preparing to be the first-time parents and want to build a family home that will double as a recording studio and a rooftop performance space. In this episode we take you back to the home doubling as a recording studio as Mahuia and Mindy try to find harmony between an inspirational music space and a place to raise their family.

star 8.00
7 votes
Queenstown: Modern Day Castle

#3 - Queenstown: Modern Day Castle

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2016

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

star 7.94
67 votes
South Brighton: Earthquake Rebuild

#4 - South Brighton: Earthquake Rebuild

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.85
65 votes
45° House

#5 - 45° House

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.83
69 votes
Point Chevalier: The Concreteologist

#6 - Point Chevalier: The Concreteologist

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.71
108 votes
Suspended Glass House

#7 - Suspended Glass House

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.71
38 votes
American Barns

#8 - American Barns

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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?

star 7.69
68 votes
New Plymouth: Hemp Home

#9 - New Plymouth: Hemp Home

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.66
95 votes
Kapiti Coast: Stilt House

#10 - Kapiti Coast: Stilt House

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.64
64 votes
Straw Bale House

#11 - Straw Bale House

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.62
63 votes
Northland: Rusty House

#12 - Northland: Rusty House

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.54
76 votes
Ponsonby: French House

#13 - Ponsonby: French House

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.53
98 votes
Grand Tearooms Penthouse

#14 - Grand Tearooms Penthouse

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.50
24 votes
Burnt Timber Pavilion

#15 - Burnt Timber Pavilion

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.49
35 votes
Grand Designs Revisited

#16 - Grand Designs Revisited

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 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?

star 7.47
19 votes
Ultramodern Rooftop Home

#17 - Ultramodern Rooftop Home

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.45
20 votes
Christchurch: Britten Stables

#18 - Christchurch: Britten Stables

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.43
37 votes
Waiheke: Canopy House

#19 - Waiheke: Canopy House

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 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?

star 7.38
34 votes
Slipper Island: Island Hideaway

#20 - Slipper Island: Island Hideaway

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 2017

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

star 7.35
37 votes
Schist Vineyard

#21 - Schist Vineyard

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.35
20 votes
Kenepuru Sound: Pod House

#22 - Kenepuru Sound: Pod House

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.33
18 votes
Wanaka Wedge

#23 - Wanaka Wedge

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.32
37 votes
Beach Escape

#24 - Beach Escape

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.31
35 votes
Clifftop House

#25 - Clifftop House

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2015

Chris meets Hamish and Diane Divett, who are rebuilding their house on the most unlikely spot - on the edge of a crumbling cliff top that plummets 40 metres to the sea below. Surfing Pastor Hamish Divett and his psychologist wife Diane have lived by the ocean for years, but in a dark, south-facing house that failed to take full advantage of the beautiful vista. To get the view they desperately desire, the couple have decided to push structural and logical planning to the limits. By building on a crumbling cliff with a sheer drop to the sea below, the Divetts will push their team to the edge to see this Grand Design though to completion.

star 7.29
68 votes