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.

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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.

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