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Design your dream home – and $5K Kiwi holiday!

Sign an unconditional contract to build with Sentinel Homes before 31st December and get $5K to spend on your dream escape

We all know times have changed. Kiwis are not only spending more time than ever at home – discovering they’ve outgrown their present property – they’re also spending less time than ever overseas, discovering breath-taking holiday spots right here in Aotearoa instead.

Right now, Sentinel Homes are killing two birds with one stone. If you build your new home with us (think: a cunning little office space, a teenage retreat, a mudroom, extra storage, a magnificent cathedral ceiling – whatever takes your fancy), you can also build a $5,000 holiday for free! It’s an incredible opportunity to finally make a dreamy domestic adventure a reality.

With us, you take the lead

We’ve built our business on giving our clients the perfect mix of reliability and customisation – you get the perfect home design, with the security of fixed price build.

That’s why your $5,000 holiday is yours to create too. You get to choose the destination, accommodation, activities – take the whole family along on a whistle stop tour, or nest up in luxury with someone special. But with so many brilliant destinations around this beautiful country, it might be too hard to choose just one holiday. We reached out to our Sentinel Homes team to find out where they’re dreaming of….

Get ready to see New Zealand

When we’re not full throttle in the driving seat at the office or liaising with clients, we love getting off the beaten track to make the most of New Zealand. Check out our top picks to get you dreaming about where your $5,000 adventure could take you.

Surreal scenery

Del from Sentinel Homes in the Waikato recommends Cape Reinga at the top tip of the Far North, where Māori believe the spirits of the dead depart. “It’s a magical place where the two oceans meet… you can actually feel what a spiritual place it is.”

Further down South, there’s more of that world-famous scenery.

“As a resident North Islander, I find the whole of the South Island a complete gem,” confesses Trudi from Auckland. “It even feels different when you’re down there. I have travelled and lived all around the world, but haven't really explored the South Island. I'm really looking forward to that.”

General Manager Guy also opts to go south. His favourite trip is flying to Milford Sound through the Southern Alps. “You can almost reach out and touch the snow.”

Action and adventure

If thrills and spills are more your speed, New Zealand has that in droves too.

Kylie from Wellington recommends Taupo. “So many beautiful walks, and the Huka Falls jet boat ride is amazing, scary and fun all in one.”

Nate from the Waikato has been eyeing up an action-packed excursion in the South. “I would love to go to Fiordland to go diving for big crayfish and paua!”


Exploring the highways and byways of New Zealand’s forgotten roads can take you to some remote, and remarkable spots.

The Otago Rail Trail, a two-to-three-day bike ride through Central Otago, comes highly recommended by both Maree and Leon at Sentinel Homes North West Auckland. “Do it with friends,” suggests Maree. “Get outdoors, get active… meet the locals, drink and eat the local fare, see amazing scenery – a total getaway package that isn’t expensive.” Leon has some extra advice: “You can even get electric bikes if you want to make it really easy. And you must try the world-famous cheese rolls when you’re there.”

City escapes

Tanya from Sentinel Homes Manawatu/Whanganui is a big fan of taking her breaks in Auckland where she enjoys all the options for eating out. “Living away from Auckland makes me appreciate it even more – the scenery, bushwalks, a myriad of beaches and activities (both paid and free).”

Hayden from Sentinel Homes Wellington rates Queenstown, too. “Sitting in the spa having a drink looking out at the Remarkables after a day of skiing is fantastic.”

Bliss on the beach

You don’t have to jet to the islands to enjoy some sun, sand and surf.

Julia from Taranaki’s favourite spot is Tauranga and the Mount – “Great beaches and playgrounds, and awesome cafes” – but she also talks up her home turf. “Taranaki and the stunning Maunga and coastal walkway are a must-see for visitors.”

Nate from the Waikato also rates the Coromandel, with Hot Water Beach being his favourite place in the country. Sentinel Homes Managing Director Stu agrees it’s hard to go past the East Coast of the Coromandel for his holidays. “I love the long white sandy beaches and the clear water, the barbecues, the fishing, the diving and the campfires with friends and family.”

It’s time for a change of scene

Sentinel Homes are keen for you to end 2020 visualising both a new house and a holiday.

Sign an unconditional contract to build before 31st December 2020, pay a deposit and you’ll get $5,000 to spend on a holiday of your choice.

Call now, or go to SentinelHomes.co.nz/holiday t’s & c’s apply.

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