For Sale by Owner

Main Entrance

For the last twenty years I have made my home at Cairnword and have seen it transformed from ten acres of “bare land” with no amenities except a boundary fence, to a comfortable, relaxing  and breathtakingly beautiful refuge.
During that time every spare dollar, every spare minute and every spare ounce of energy I possessed has been devoted to creating the home that Cairnwood has become.  Cairnwood has provided the workspace and creative atmosphere that has allowed me to sew many beautiful quilts and to indulge my obsession for restoring people powered sewing machines.
The time has come when I must reluctantly sell Cairnwood and move on with the next stage in my life.
So I am temporarily co-opting my creations site as a sales page.

Waingawa River from Boundary

Call or email me to arrange a time to come and look and wander around and enjoy the Cairnwood experience.

Video Tour

Take the quick video tour below to get an overview of the property and some of the basic facts and figures.

If this video just whetted your appetite then there is a longer version with more details available here .
Cairnwood really has to be visited and experienced to be appreciated. The sounds of the river, of the wind in the trees, the native birdsong and rural life.
The smells of the garden, the countryside, the river and the eucalyptus grove have to be experienced.
And then there is the atmosphere, the feeling of peace that envelops you as you arrive in this tranquil valley.


Cairnwood was named for the abundance of rocks and trees in the area.

The house is a 19th century double bay villa with four bedrooms and two living areas. It has a welcoming and relaxed farmhouse atmosphere and many beautiful period details.  Particular features are the wooden hallway arch, the timber fireplace surround and timber ceiling in the living room. The high ceilings and polished native timber flooring throughout provide a spacious feel and the original sash windows and glass paneled doors create a light and airy atmosphere.

Almost all the hard work of renovation and redecoration is completed. The final decorating touches that are still needed provide the ideal opportunity to personalise your new home with your own style.

Insulation in the ceiling, under the floor, and in the exterior walls make this house much cozier and quieter than you might expect from its age. The woodburning stanley stove in the kitchen provides direct heat, is wonderful to cook and bake with, runs the radiators throughout the house and heats the hot water.  It is complemented by the solar water heating panels on the roof that provide copious hot water all summer long.  There is also a heat pump in the family room and an open fireplace in the living room.  The bifold windows on two walls of the kitchen and the plantation shutters on the doors to the front verandah are ideal for allowing summer breezes to freshen the house on those long hot summer days.  There are verandahs and decks on three sides of the house that let you make the most of outside living whether you are following the sun as the day progresses, or seeking shade at the height of summer.

As well as the main house, above the double garage, there is a self contained open plan cabin with its own bathroom and kitchenette.  The cabin is modern, well constructed, spacious and flooded with sunlight.  It is currently available to be let to holidaymakers on weekends. (  It has also proved invaluable over the years for giving teenagers their own space, and for accommodating houseguests.

The land consists of ten acres in the foothills of the Tararuas.  This is an exceptional location, bounded by the river and the road with sheer cliffs where they meet, so there are no next door neighbours.

As you enter the gate you “drop off the edge of the world” into your own private valley.  Trees line the slope directly below the road boundary shielding you from passing traffic.  Three level terraces separated by wooded slopes progress down from the road to the river.
Many mature native trees are a feature of this property along with more recent extensive plantings of both native and exotic species. The plantings include firewood and timber lots as well as varied specimen and grove plantings

There are river and mountain views from almost all parts of the property.  You can check the mood of the mountains while you wash dishes or lie in bed and watch the river run. It is hard to believe that this idyllic rural paradise is only 12 minutes from the nearest town.

Whether you feel like white water kayaking, gently paddling your canoe, swimming, cooling off, or just lying in the sun you can find something to suit right on your boundary. The property has direct access to the river, onto a sandy beach, a selection of deep swimming holes, rapids, and long flat stretches of water.

The area around the house is securely fenced with lawns, shrubs, and both ornamental and edible gardens. Outside the house area, the level grassed areas are in three paddocks with alpaca fencing (1.2m) and include a small holding yard with loading ramp.  There are currently sheep and alpaca grazing the property.  It has also accommodated a house cow, beef steers, pigs and chickens with ease.

Outbuildings include a 77 sqm american style barn, two stock shelters, a chicken house and a couple of sheds.

For an appointment to view, contact Linda by email or phone.

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