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Oct/Nov 2015

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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Last Word 128 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | October + November 2015 INTO THE WOODS New Zealand may be the stunning backdrop for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but not even Hollywood could conjure up the real-life fantasy that is The Redwoods Treehouse. Set deep in a coastal forest on the North Island of New Zealand, 45 minutes north of Auckland, this dream-like design is the masterwork of Auckland-based Pacific Environments Architects. Commissioned in 2008 as part of a marketing campaign for New Zealand's Yellow Pages and operated initially as a restaurant, the treehouse is now available for hire as a private venue for weddings, parties, corporate events and other celebrations. Built from sustainably grown pine, poplar and redwood, the pod concept was based on a chrysalis or cocoon, hugging the trunk of a redwood and accessed via an elevated walkway. Some 32 feet wide and 40 feet high, the pod holds 30 people seated at tables or 50 guests for a stand-up function and glows like a beacon in an enchanted forest in the moonlight. "It's the treehouse we all dreamed of as children but could only do as an adult fantasy," says principal architect Peter Eising. Frodo Baggins would love it. pacificenvironments.co.nz and redwoodstreehouse.co.nz words by Andrea Collins PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OREDWOODSTREEHOUSE.CO.NZ

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