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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 […]

Smiley Dave

4 September 2023

New Show Home Coming Soon!

Otago and Queenstown Lakes contractors, Lightning Homes, have been diligently working away on a brand new show home, due to open in Cromwell this October. The 100m² home shares the same footprint as the award-winning Tainui in the Coromandel, but that’s where the similarities end. A bold kitchen, decking with covered entry, and painted bedroom […]

4 September 2023

Congratulations Lockwood Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Contractors of the Year – Tuohy Homes! Brent, Jeanette and the Tuohy homes team have had an excellent year. They have completed some stunning client builds and have also opened their beautifully appointed Karehana show home. They run a seamless operation, offering clients an exceptional experience from the design phase with in-house […]

12 July 2023

Lockwood NZ Aria star continues to shine bright

Winner of the Lockwood New Zealand Aria, Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono, has continued to achieve success by securing the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. Emmanuel’s victory at the Lockwood NZ Aria gave him the necessary funding to enter the Sydney Eisteddfod competition. He submitted a recorded audition and was selected as a semi-finalist. He travelled to Australia […]

12 July 2023

What is Thermally Broken Joinery?

The New Zealand Building Code now mandates thermally broken joinery in new homes, but what does it mean and what are the benefits? Double glazing has long been used to regulate indoor temperatures by capturing a layer of air, or argon gas, between two glass panes, interrupting heat transfer. The process is known as a […]

Lockwood Dawson Family home interior

16 March 2023

Tackling Climate Change

According to data from the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, the construction sector in New Zealand contributes to around 20% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the construction sector in New Zealand was responsible for emitting approximately 8.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, mainly due to the growth in the […]

16 March 2023

Design and Build Process

Designing and building a home is a complex process that requires careful planning and attention to detail. Whether you’re building your dream home from scratch or modifying an existing concept plan, there are a number of steps you’ll need to follow to ensure that your project is successful. Working with a trusted team like Lockwood […]

Two storey beauty

9 March 2023

7 things to consider when looking for land

Securing a section to build on is the first step to realising your dream home. When you first start looking for land, location is key. Once you’ve decided on the area you want to buy into and found a special plot of land, it’s essential to do your due diligence before you put in an […]

17 February 2023

Queenstown Home Show

17th, 18th & 19th of February 2023 @ The Queenstown Events Centre The Queenstown Home Show is designed for the people who live in the Queenstown, Wanaka and the Central Otago region – one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing lifestyle areas in New Zealand. You will find local business people who are keen to […]

South Island Shows

1 February 2023

It’s show time in the South Island!

It’s show season in the South Island, and our teams from Queenstown through to Kirwee will be available to talk to you about your project at various events throughout the mainland in the upcoming months. Call in and see the team and while you’re there pick up a free copy of our Designed For Good […]

Lockwood Dawson Family home interior

1 February 2023

Lockwood – A natural connection

Lockwood Riverview showhome

19 December 2022

Three new show homes for 2023

The Lakeview has landed in Rotorua, returning from Fieldays 2022. The 70m² design is our most popular two-bedroom plan, but this Lakeview is something special! This show home demonstrates the next generation of Lockwood high-performance building and meets the new H1 Energy Efficiency specifications that come into effect for the building industry in 2023. The […]

Lockwood Riverview showhome

29 November 2022

See us at Fieldays!

We are excited to present our Lakeview show home at Fieldays this year. The 70m² Lakeview design is our most popular two-bedroom plan, but this show home is really something special! The Lakeview demonstrates the next generation of Lockwood high-performance building. This show home is designed to reflect the new H1 Energy Efficiency specifications that […]

29 November 2022

A wonderful night of song – Lockwood NZ Aria 2022

A massive congratulations to Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono – winner of the 2022 Lockwood Aria! This prestigious event has been offering New Zealand’s finest singers the opportunity to perform in a world-class singing competition for 75 years. Pictured: Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono with Lockwoods Managing Director Andrew La Grouw The 2022 Aria was the first event to use the […]

Lockwood NZ Aria

9 October 2022

Lockwood NZ Aria 2022 – Celebration of Song

We are proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the Lockwood NZ Aria. The prestigious singing competition returns to Rotorua from the 16th – 19th of November 2022. The Aria has been in existence since 1946 and is the largest competition of its kind in New Zealand, drawing performers from throughout Australasia. The event, […]


9 October 2022

Ashburton Show 2022 – See you there!

The Ashburton Show is the largest two-day annual agricultural event held in the Mid Canterbury District. Hosted at the Ashburton showgrounds, the two-day event show attracts competitors, exhibitors and visitors from all over the South Island. The Show offers competitions over the two days and over 190 exhibitors including food, music, displays and entertainment. Our […]

New Plimmerton Show Home

9 October 2022

New Show Home coming soon to Plimmerton

The roof is on the new “Karehana” Show home in Plimmerton. Wellington contractors Tuohy Homes are excited to present this modern three-bedroom design, a re-imagining of the popular Lockwood Verandah plan. It retains some features of the Verandah design, with the master bedroom separated from the two additional bedrooms by an open-plan living area. But […]

Weenink MB HOTY

9 October 2022

Seaside Homes awarded Contractor of the Year and Master Builders Gold

Top Lockwood Contractors, Seaside Homes picking up a Regional Gold at the 2022 Master Builders Awards in September. The Lockwood home, which we have recently featured in the Lifestyles newsletter, won Gold in the the $1.5-$2m home category. Gold Awards are awarded to builders whose entries achieve 90% of the available points in the category, […]

Great use of space in this Lockwood Home

31 July 2022

9 Top tips for low-cost updates

There are a number of ways you can refresh your home without the costs associated with major renovations. We share some ideas to update your space here: Create some open space by losing bulky furniture.  Paint older furniture lighter and trick your eyes into perceiving the space to be open and airy by moving heavier […]

Plants in a Lockwood Home

18 July 2022

The winners of our “Show us your houseplants” competition!

Our recent “Show Us Your Houseplants” competition was very popular! Thank you to those who submitted photos, we had so many wonderful entries – it shows how many people love to bring a bit of nature indoors. Below are our winners – it was too hard to choose one winner so we chose two! Congratulations […]

Plants in a Lockwood Home

30 June 2022

Enter to win a $100 voucher from!

It’s no surprise that houseplants have seen a massive rise in popularity over the last few years. Plants not only can brighten up your surroundings, but they can lift your mood and clean the air. Whether you only have a few potted plants or are an indoor gardening guru with a lush home jungle, we’d […]

Light up your Lockwood Home

30 June 2022

6 Top Tips for lighting – How lighting choices can make all the difference in your new home

Whether your taste is bold and bright or muted and subtle, choosing the proper lighting is an essential step in the design process. Here are our five top tips to consider when illuminating your home. 1: Make a Plan! When designing a home, we tend to focus on choosing finishes in the kitchen, the perfect […]

Lockwood Vacationer exterior

31 May 2022

New show home – sneak peek!

We are very excited to be opening the Vacationer show home in Christchurch next month. The two-bedroom Vacationer design has a monopitch roofline and a modern, monochrome exterior with a VG pine feature wall. The interior of the Vacationer is light and bright with striking black and white, softened by pops of green. It’s a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seaside Homes

12 July 2021

Seaside Homes Wins Gold!

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 […]

Quality service award

23 November 2020

Lockwood wins 2021 Quality Service Award

Lockwood has been voted Gold Award winner in the highly competitive category of Home Design and Build services, as judged by the New Zealand Public in the 2021 Readers Digest Quality Service Awards survey. The Quality Service Award is an independent survey Reader’s Digest commissions through leading market research company Catalyst. The survey was completed […]

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

Riverview Concept

The four bedroom Riverview packs a whole lot into a 142m² footprint, including generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, scullery and walk-in-wardrobe. Gable end windows draw your eye up to the raking timber ceilings and offer loads of light into the living and kitchen space. The bedrooms in the Riverview are at one end of the home, separating […]


15 September 2020

JPC Fundraising Art Sale – Supporting our Community


8 July 2020

A stunning commercial concept for Long Mile Road Visitor Centre

We’re thrilled to have our concept for the new Rotorua Long Mile Road Visitor Centre shortlisted for development. Early in 2020, Rotorua Lakes Council and  CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd requested Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local companies for the development of a new Visitor Centre within the Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forests. The brief included upgrading […]

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 Aria

8 November 2019

Lockwood NZ Aria – winners crowned in an evening of musical splendour

Lockwood Art Awards

31 October 2019

We have our first Lockwood Youth Award winner!

Lockwood Home in Rotorua Modernised Exterior View

30 August 2019

Great bones and character, 60’s Lockwood with a fresh new look

This Lockwood home was built in the 1960’s in Rotorua by one of the founding partners of Lockwood, Johannes van Loghem – better known as John. It was their family home for a time and stands as a testament to the leading edge architectural design style which Lockwood would become synonymous with over the next […]

Lockwood Award Winners

30 August 2019

Celebrating our Lockwood Award Winners

Congratulations to all our Lockwood Contractors and staff that have received awards during our annual conference which was held on the 23rd of August. The Contractor of the Year is John Hodges, of John Hodges Construction Ltd who looks after the Rotorua and Eastern Bays territory.  John has had a tremendous year and looks set […]

Lockwood Villa in Puhoi Exterior View

24 July 2019

An off-grid Lockwood Villa standing proud on its hillside site in Puhoi

Two Kiwi classics meet at an iconic village home in the heart of Puhoi. The design brief to Coast to Coast homes from Derek and Amanda Lees was for a blending of the villa look with all the benefits of the low maintenance and high performance of the Lockwood building system. Water, septic and power […]

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 Commercial Projects

1 February 2019

New Lockwood Commercial website

We have a long established record of designing and constructing buildings that have proven to withstand earthquakes, weather extremes as well as being beautiful timber structures.  Lockwood homes and buildings are resilient and low maintenance, this robustness further enhancing their appeal for commercial application. There are several case studies featured on the site, which explore […]

Lockwood Home Acacia Design Exterior Deck

1 February 2019

Late night viewing dates for our Taupo showstopper

The new Acacia show home in Taupo has been causing quite a stir with its ultra-modern interior fit-out.  To cater to visitors coming through for weekend getaways, the show home will have two late night Friday special events in February, in addition to their regular 1 to 4pm weekend hours. The Acacia will be open until […]

Lockwood Homes Competition

20 December 2018

Be in to WIN a three night stay in a beautiful Lockwood in Hahei or Tekapo!

Simply visit a Lockwood Show Home before 23rd Feb 2019, talk to our team about your plans to build, and go into the draw to win one of two luxury three night stays in a Lockwood in Hahei or Tekapo, worth over $1500 each! Our show homes may have different hours over the holiday season. Click […]

Lockwood Aria

1 November 2018

Bringing the Lockwood Aria Home Again

Lockwood Group is proud to announce that they are once again the naming right sponsors for the New Zealand Aria. The New Zealand Aria has, over 70 years, nurtured singing talent and provided a respected platform for entrants to showcase their operatic talents, both here and overseas. Joe La Grouw CNZM and Chairman of the […]

Lockwood Interior

9 July 2018

Lakeview show home now open to view in Rotorua

Mountain view, sea view, garden view… this spacious 70m2 home exudes warmth and is a delightful surprise – no matter the view! Our Lakeview is modern and inviting, with spaces made airy and restful by incorporating high sarked ceilings with extra height joinery. This Rotorua show home enjoys a splendid view of Mount Ngongotaha. Right […]

Andrew and Joe La Grouw

12 June 2018

Third Generation La Grouw to take over the helm at Lockwood

It’s time for generational change which is part of a natural progression at Lockwood. “My father made way for me and now I make way for my son Andrew,” says Joe La Grouw, our current managing director who will be stepping aside. “Andrew has worked in all aspects of the business; from being involved in […]

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