Go on an Exclusive Journey and Feel Inspired: “Baches to Beautiful Homes Tour”, Taupō by Jessamy Baldwin

Have you ever strolled, cycled or even sailed past the beautiful homes along Lake Taupō and pondered: “I wonder what it’s like inside? How does the water look from there? Is that an infinity pool I spot?” Not just me then. I have fond memories of imagining life within the walls of the many stunning lake houses when I lived nearby. The good news is that the Taupō “Baches to Beautiful Homes Tour” allows imaginative souls like us the chance to indulge our curiosity, for one day only. On Saturday March 23 2019, from 10am-4pm an exclusive tour will take you to 10 of the most exclusive addresses in the area. Taking in stunning Taupō scenery as you go, the event will conclude with a fabulous drinks party from 5-6.30pm at trendy Vine Eatery and Bar on Tūwharetoa Street.

On Saturday March 23 2019, from 10am-4pm an exclusive tour will take you to 10 of the most exclusive addresses in the area. Taking in stunning Taupō scenery as you go, the event will conclude with a fabulous drinks party from 5-6.30pm at trendy Vine Eatery and Bar on Tūwharetoa Street.

For those interested in stand-out decor, impressive architecture and home innovation, this event is a great chance to gain inspiration and meet like-minded design enthusiasts. For those with a penchant for gardening, the tours will also include the opportunity to explore the impressive landscaped gardens attached to each property.

Whether you’re looking to meet new faces, get together a group of friends or simply searching for an excuse to plan a weekend away from the hustle and bustle, this is the perfect, relaxing day out by the lake – with a twist.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Taupō Violence Intervention Network – part of the national “It’s Not OK” campaign, so you’ll be positively contributing towards helping the local community. The community education arm of Central Plateau REAP is the other recipient, specifically Wā Hine Ora (an anti- violence programme for women, promoting positive behaviour and wellness) and Tāne Ora (an anti-violence programme for men promoting the same values).

Linda Moss, REAP’s adult community education coordinator, said: “We have selected the ten homes for their unique qualities and ability to inspire visitors. Each captures a specific architectural style and design concept, so you will not be disappointed. Travelling has been kept to a minimum so you’ll have time to enjoy the homes as well as a leisurely lunch at one of the many supporting cafes on route.”

Established in 2012, the tour has raised over $100,000 to date.

“The number of people attending is steadily growing which is fantastic,” added Linda. “The money we have raised is huge for us in the social service sector.

“Interior designers Antoinette Beck and Trace Beaumont-Orr are currently responsible for sourcing homes. We also have around 100 volunteers who provide security for our homeowners on the day and help to check off tickets so it’s a wonderful community centred event.”

Linda was inspired to set up the tours after hearing of the many successful and similar home tour style events going on across New Zealand.

“I wanted to go on a tour and couldn’t find anyone available to go with me so decided – why don’t we have a tour here? I was responsible for fundraising for Taupō Violence Intervention Network at the time, as well as my main role at REAP. I asked my boss at REAP if I could set up a tour and he said absolutely!

“It’s set to be a great day out for all. We hope you’ll come away feeling inspired, refreshed and full of new ideas that you can recreate in your own home.”

Tickets cost $75 and include the tour, entry to the celebratory soiree in the evening and entry into the draw for a mystery prize worth $200. Tickets on sale now at REAP, 73 Titiraupenga St Taupō Ph 378 8109 or via www.bachestobeautifulhomestourTaupo.org.

The event is sponsored by Black and White real estate.

This article was published in the Sounds Good inflight magazine.

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