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6 November 2023

A true celebration of song

The Lockwood NZ Aria: A Night of Opera Excellence Since 1946 In the world of music, certain events stand out as legendary, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to experience them. The Lockwood NZ Aria, a prestigious singing competition for opera enthusiasts, has been doing just that since 1946. This […]

Changes to the building code

31 May 2022

Changes to the Building Code – What does this mean for you?

In 2021 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) proposed changes to the building code, specifically around the Acceptable Solutions for H1 Energy Efficiency, with the goal to improve the thermal performance of new homes and buildings to make them warmer, drier and healthier. The changes released in November 2021 are the most significant […]


18 February 2022

Innovative eco-products for your home

We are all becoming increasingly aware of the importance of living a more sustainable life. According to, approximately 252,000 tonnes of plastic go into landfills in NZ each year! If we all make an effort to reduce our waste, re-use when we can, and recycle we will ensure a healthy planet for generations to […]

Lockwood home being built

17 February 2022

The Great Building Supply Shortage

Residential building consents were at record highs in 2021. The demand, compounded by Covid, is putting increasing pressure on the construction industry in New Zealand. Homebuilders are seeing delays in the planning and design of their new homes as engineers, surveyors and designers are hard-pressed to keep up with their increasing workloads. COVID has also […]

Celebrating 70 years

10 June 2021

Celebrating 70 Years building homes for NZ Families

This year Lockwood celebrates a special milestone in our company history – our 70th year in business. Our founders Jo La Grouw and John Van Loghem emigrated from the Netherlands, arriving in Wellington at the end of January 1951. The Van Loghem and La Grouw company was formed, and by April in that year, within […]

Crombie Family Home

9 June 2021

Our Top Tips for your Design and Build Journey

Designing and Building a home is a significant decision and may feel like an overwhelming task. It should also be an exciting journey, from finding the right floor plan to choosing the final fit out, each decision you make contributes to the realisation of your dream home. Getting the floor plan right can dramatically change […]

Garden art festival

18 February 2021

Garden Art Festival Sale Fundraiser

The Garden Art Festival Sale fundraising event, supported by Lockwood Homes, will be held over two days at the La Grouw Garden in Rotorua at the end of February. A wide range of artworks including paintings, photography and sculptures will available for purchase, with all profits going to support Life Education Charitable Trust. Come along and enjoy the […]

Riverview being built

15 December 2020

Bigger and better for Fieldays 2021

Construction is well underway on the Riverview show home, coming to Fieldays in 2021! The Riverview is the largest show home Lockwood has taken to the annual agricultural event and we’re excited for visitors to be able to experience this outstanding family home in June. Currently under construction in our ReadyBuilt yard in Rotorua, the […]

top tips for home design

15 December 2020

8 Top Tips for Holiday Home Design

Holidays are a time for relaxing with friends, letting kids run wild and summer in the sun. Most of us will have fond memories of spending time in a holiday home (maybe even a Lockwood). What should you consider when designing your bach or crib to make the most of your time away? 1. Low maintenance […]

Lockwood Home Pavilion Day Exterior View Front Door

1 December 2020

Lockwood VG Pine – A durable timber cladding option

Lockwood’s VG Pine weatherboard is a unique engineered cladding solution timber that is durable and has excellent sustainability credentials, whilst retaining the beauty of natural timber. Download the VG Pine Brochure Development of Lockwood’s VG Pine weatherboard started over ten years ago with the question “what can we do to improve our sustainability story?”. We […]

Lockwood Home Pavilion Night View

20 September 2020

Lockwood House of the Year 2020 Announced!

The numbers are in for Lockwood House of the Year 2020, which was up for public vote for the first time this year. Five breath-taking homes across Aotearoa were in the running for the prestigious title situated in Coromandel, Wellington, Tauranga, Wānaka and Rotorua. ***Drum roll please*** Taking out the title this year is Tony […]


15 September 2020

JPC Fundraising Art Sale – Supporting our Community


Lockwood Coins

13 May 2020

What’s in a square metre?

We understand that price is important when you’re looking to build your new home. Often the first question homebuilders ask is “what is the price per square metre”. It seems like a simple way to estimate costs for a project, but building a house is an incredibly complex task. There is no simple answer to […]

Lockwood Colour Online Tool

30 November 2019

Lockwood Colours – our popular online tool has had a fabulous upgrade

Our interactive online tool just had a smart upgrade. At the flick of a swatch or a scroll of your mouse, you can have hours of fun colouring it your way. Not sure if you’d like Black joinery and would like to try it out with a range of cladding and other feature wall colours? […]

Lockwood Art Awards

31 October 2019

We have our first Lockwood Youth Award winner!

Lockwood home entrance

29 April 2019

What the colour of your front door says about your personality

Trends might dictate what is popular at the time, but your choice of colour for your front door says a lot about your personality. According to colour experts; Black – is the colour most associated with mystery, elegance and prestige (think 10 Downing Street) Navy Blue – is associated with authority and intelligence Grey – […]

Most Trusted Brand Awards

29 April 2019

Consistently voted one of New Zealand’s Most Trusted home building brands

We are very proud to have once again achieved this Trusted Brand accolade. This mark of approval, as voted for by New Zealanders, means we have been recognised for designing and building top quality homes for nearly 70 years. According to Reader’s Digest, who have been conducting the Trusted Brands research through accredited third party […]

Lockwood Home Acacia Design Bedroom with Walk in Wardrobe View

29 March 2019

Painted Interiors – Adding Your Personal Touch

From sublimely peaceful havens, like this one in the main bedroom of the Lockwood Taupo show home, to bold colour statements as seen in Chris and Kim’s place, there is so much scope to incorporate your personal ideas and style in a Lockwood home. We have curated some of the best images to show how […]

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