Grand Designs NZ: ‘Rescued’ villa pops up in Central Otago landscape

Queenstown boasts some of our most spectacular scenery, but the rugged landscape is the last place you’d expect to find a two-storey Queen Anne villa with a turret.

On Grand Designs NZ this week, builder and paragliding pilot Jamie McMurtrie and wife Melissa embark on a major rescue mission – relocating such a villa to the magnificent Gibbston Valley.

They’ve already relocated two villas to the valley, from the rubble of the Christchurch earthquakes, and Jamie wishes they could have saved them all.


Relocating an 1880s Christchurch villa to Central Otago was a labour of love for Jamie and Melissa McMurtrie, seen here with Grand Designs host Chris Moller.