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This is the home page of the Preston family, created to provide a simple external access point to some of our areas of interest and allow managed sharing of progress on our current projects.

Our home in the Gorge.
The River House

The view from the house - Or - Why we bought the place
View from the deck Sunset in Autumn

Kereru's favourite perch Sunset on the hills across the river

Rennovation - Stage 3

The final stage of the renovation was something of a trial but is now essentially complete..


Access to the property was a bit of an issue as the original drive was quite steep and occupied the area we needed to build the new shed. Consequently we opened up what was the original access, starting with an arborist taking down a couple of very large trees which were damaging the overhead power lines. Then down came a couple of fence panels and a few minutes with a digger and a truck load of hard fill and bob's your uncle, access becomes much simpler.

The New Shed

The 3 bay "American style Barn" to house the Van and our workshops is a welcome addition The original location on the East of the property was not really much use for anything but covers quite a lot of the building platform space available on the property given Council restrictions

Garden Sheds

The new big shed did not have enough space for the garden tools and was not sensible to use to store firewood so more construction was required

First the Garden / Potting shed
Garden Shed location Garden Shed in progress
Then the Wood Shed
Wood Shed location Wood Shed in progress


The KCDC culvert which runs under the road used to dump directly onto our property which was problematic in heavy rain. Initially the Council culvert under the road just opened onto our place and water flowed through an open ditch and a small pipe under the driveway leaving a largish area of our limited flat land unavailable for use. We decided to sort this for good and had a large pipe (450mm) laid under the entire 18m of the flat section of the property. We also had a "dish" formed from concrete on the top to take overflow and driveway water as it does rain quite hard at times up the Gorge in winter. Unfortunately the road end is on road reserve so the water comes out of the council pipe, over the ground through the road reserve and into a grating to enter our pipe. Still very tidy now and should last us out. Overriding philosophy for this renovation: Do it once, do it right.

Culvert_before Culvert_after


The Garden had suffered from neglect and so the great deforestation began

Lower_lawn_1 Lower_lawn_2

Main Path 1 Main Path 2

Chicken area 1 Chicken area 2

Room For Visitors

There is now plenty of room for visitors


Including staying the Knight


And fighting off the animals

Thor Dog of Slumber Mt Tibbles


Our current motorhome (replacing our Bedford bus in early 2012) is a 20 year old Mitsubishi Canter within which we wander around New Zealand, often with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.


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