Castle Rock

Whangarei Heads, Northland

The owners requested a simple yet sturdy holiday home to be constructed on their beautiful, private site in Northland.

The dwelling, designed by Herbst Architects, is located at Whangarei Heads and nestled between the rugged coastline and spectacular Manaia Peak.

The extreme coastal setting presented several construction challenges and the site was closed due to strong winds on more than one occasion. The home boasts a natural palette of materials including timber cladding, linings and floors as well as stone gabions as foundations and retaining.


Herbst Architects


Richardson Stevens, Whangarei


Patrick Reynolds


  • NZ Institute of Architects Auckland Architecture Award 2015
  • NZ Institute of Architects New Zealand Architecture Award 2015
  • Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards 2015 - Gold Award