7.8
18 votes
Grand Designs New Zealand

Grand Designs New Zealand

TV3 2015

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.

All Currently Running Shows All Shows 2000-2018 EN All Shows TV Shows <10 ListrrShowListEnglish DIY styff all-docs HGTV Lifestyle Channel

The 10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs New Zealand

Grand Designs New Zealand - S5E8

#1 - Back To The Music Box

8.50

Season 5 - Episode 8

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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 6 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S5E9

#2 - The Concreteologist - Revisted

8.20

Season 5 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 5 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S2E6

#3 - Queenstown: Modern Day Castle

7.92

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 36 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S5E2

#4 - Suspended Glass House

7.78

Season 5 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 32 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S2E8

#5 - South Brighton: Earthquake Rebuild

7.71

Season 2 - Episode 8

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 35 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S1E5

#6 - Wellington: 45° House

7.67

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 33 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S5E1

#7 - The Burnt Timber Pavilion

7.65

Season 5 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 31 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S2E5

#8 - Ponsonby: French House

7.59

Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 37 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S6E1

#9 - Grand Tearooms Penthouse

7.50

Season 6 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 14 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S6E8

#10 - Ultramodern Rooftop Home

7.50

Season 6 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 10 votes.

#11 - The Catlins: Concrete Farmhouse
7.50
Season 1 - Episode 1

Architect Chris Moller meets Southland farmer Lachlan McDonald, who's building a modernist concrete home with a controversial roof in one of the most remote parts of NZ. Deer farmer and bachelor Lachlan McDonald is building a three-bedroom concrete home in the hopes to fill it with a family in the future. However, the choice of location is one of the most remote and stormy parts of the country - The Catlins. He's hired a top Auckland architect who is scratching his head at Lachlan's decision to project manage his first build himself. His choice of builder is also a good mate who specialises in constructing local milking sheds. Will this Grand Design be a perfect fusion of passions and experience or are these personalities destined to clash?

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 52 votes.

#12 - Grand Designs Revisited
7.50
Season 5 - Episode 7

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?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 18 votes.

#13 - Taylor's Mistake
7.46
Season 5 - Episode 5

Six years in the making, Craig Jarvis' tiny 65 square metre home overlooking Taylor's Mistake is Grand Designs' longest running house build. Hand built, but is it finally finished?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 28 votes.

#14 - Wanaka Wedge
7.44
Season 5 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 34 votes.

#15 - Auckland: Clifftop House
7.43
Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 35 votes.

#16 - Waiheke: Canopy House
7.42
Season 3 - Episode 7

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?

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 33 votes.

#17 - Beach Escape
7.41
Season 5 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 32 votes.

#18 - Christchurch: Britten Stables
7.39
Season 4 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 33 votes.

#19 - Slipper Island: Island Hideaway
7.39
Season 3 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 36 votes.

Grand Designs New Zealand - S2E4
#20 - Kapiti Coast: Stilt House
7.38
Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Grand Designs New Zealand from 32 votes.

Last updated: feb 17, 2021

Search for TV shows...

About Me

I am Sophie and this is my website.

A little about me 👋 I am a marketing student in Paris. I love spending afternoons with friends in a cafe or a park.

But more than anything else, I love watching (.. binging…) series on my computer on rainy Sundays or any sunny day for that matter 🙈

I must have watched hundreds of shows by now, from romance to science-fiction series. Often I like to go back to a show I enjoyed. But I don’t feel like watching it all over again…

I created this website so myself and others could find the best episodes of our favourite shows. As of today, I have about 1,000 shows on the website with votes and rating coming from fans.

Hopefully, you can join me from your sofa and enjoy some nice TV!

- Sophie ☕️🍰