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The Pohutukawa Tiny House in New Zealand


This is the Pohutukawa Tiny House on Wheels designed and built by Tiny House Builders Ltd in Katikati, New Zealand.

The exterior has board and batten siding with a dark coat of paint. When you step inside, it’s totally opposite with bright white walls and a wonderful interior. This model can sleep up to six people.

Please take the full tour below and let us know what you think in the comments. Thanks!

Related: The Kauri Tiny House in New Zealand

The Beautiful Pohutukawa Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny House Builders Ltd in Katikati, New Zealand

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Highlights

  • Sleeps up to six people
  • Contemporary design/aesthetic
  • Customizable to your liking
  • Largest model from Tiny House Builders Ltd
  • French door entry
  • Two lofts (called mezzanines in New Zealand)
  • One can be used for sleeping and the other as a TV/game lounge
  • Full kitchen with dish washer, oven/microwave, range hood, sink, refrigerator, overhead and under bench cupboards, drawers, and pantry
  • Dedicated dining area
  • Large living area
  • Storage space
  • Washing machine cupboard and bench
  • Bathroom with full shower, vanity, toilet, and heated towel rack
  • Mono pitch roof to increase height in the lofts
  • Black painted plywood cladding
  • Corrugated roof

Learn more using the links below. Thanks! You can also follow the company on their Facebook and Instagram.

Sources

  1. Pohutukawa Tiny House Gallery
  2. Pohutukawa Information
  3. Tiny House Builders in NZ
  4. Contact
  5. Facebook
  6. Instagram
  7. 3D Virtual Tour

Related: The Kauri Tiny House in New Zealand

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  • Avatar Karen Blackburn

    I am in love, and this is the first house I can say this about. This would be worth the airfare to New Zealand for. Am seriously thinking of moving back just for this house, well worth the expense. Best design and layout I’ve seen with a THoW.

  • Avatar merryl

    finally a tiny house with a decent staircase and privacy wall in the loft.love it!!!!!!

  • Avatar Richard H Chapple Sr

    What a nice interior layout. Not only is this a tiny house but it is one that would be easy and comfortable to live in. No windows on one side is not a bad thing with this layout. Here in Montana, that side would face the Northwest.
    No information given on size so my guess is 25′ by 8.5′ (could it possibly be 9′ wide??) by 13′ 6″.
    Nice job!!
    Anything I would change? I would probably figure a way to make the dining spot movable so we could have people sitting on both sides so we could play games.. And perhaps at some point in time I might do something different with exterior colors.

    • Avatar James D.

      It’s about the same size as the Kauri, which is 3m (9′ 10″ Ft) wide, 8m (26′ 3″) long, and 4.2m (13′ 9″) high… But heavier, which is why it’s on triple axles…

  • Avatar D. Pedersen

    I really like this house. Very harmonious and with a proper sofa to lounge around on and a good staircase. Beats all the tacky American tiny houses and all their fake dark wood, poor craftsmanship and lack of light.

    • Avatar James D.

      No, you just don’t like certain styles of homes. Has nothing to do with what country they’re from because different styles of homes are being made in just about every country and there’s builders of all skill levels everywhere…

      Fact is lots of people have different preferences and what you like someone else may hate and vise versa…

      You should check youtube channels like “Living Big in a Tiny House”, which showcases Tiny Homes from New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, and he even visited Japan…

      Latest one was on 2 railway carriages that were restored and turned into Tiny Homes in the Central Otago region of New Zealand…

      The only thing really different in America is there isn’t as strict a weight limit as many other countries have to deal with…

      So you’ll mainly just see more lightweight and more minimal materials used in other countries, at least for the mobile designs, but the styles and designs still can range wildly and many builders draw ideas from all over the world… as well as go to other countries.

      New Zealand Tiny Homes, for example, caters to Australia, Canada, USA, Pacific Islands, Europe & New Zealand markets.

      There’s also Tiny Healthy Home that goes back and forth between Vancouver, CA and New Zealand… and there’s some American builders that go back and forth to the UK… and people in general draw ideas from whatever they see online, which can be from anywhere in the world…

      • Avatar JMH

        James, perhaps you didn’t intend to do so, but your comments make you look like a rude, obnoxious person. No matter if you are correct or not, when you appear that way people tend to not to pay attention to what you say.

        • Avatar James D.

          Yes, while most of the post was simply information, I could have provided more context in that first paragraph for others to understand the reason for the post, specifically it was in regard to the many previous negative comments D. Pedersen has made that indicate a pattern of bias that I felt had to be addressed.

          Like the “fake dark wood” is a pretty common criticism, even for all natural wood that was simply darkened by the elements over time, and yet this NZ house is mostly painted plywood and has hardly any real wood… Among other examples that aren’t limited to just the houses…

          If you read the reply by Jan Cheves, the builder in the Hogwarts Inn Express Tiny House For Sale in Asheville, NC article to the comment made there by D. Pedersen, you’ll have a good example of why I’ve taken issue with this pattern…

          Though, you will also find another example where I haven’t come across the way I intended and so you are right that the way I stated it can easily be taken out of context but it’s not always easy to avoid such misunderstandings in a public forum where not every comment is necessarily meant for everyone and not everyone keeps up with all the comments from both present and previous articles…

          But as per my conversation with Pat in that other article, I shall try to avoid such confusion better in the future…

    • Avatar James D.

      Oh, by the way, all real wood darkens over time… So dark wood is real wood!

      Even woods with bright colors eventually become more gray and dark… It’s just part of the nature of wood and how it looks over time.

      While materials like plywood are not real natural wood, they’re a manufactured product…

      You also shouldn’t confuse good craftsmanship with only things with the appearance you prefer… Being a good craftsman doesn’t mean you will always like what they produce, any more than you will always like any given artists work…

      Some craftsman are good at specific types of work… Some like Abel Zyl create homes that are works of art… Others make extremely strong and durable homes… Yet others cater to specific styles… It just varies…

      Even with builders with a wide gamut of skills what they produce just generally caters to the preferences of their clients but every client can have a different preference… and in a market dominated by custom builds, every builder can produce a wide variety of designs and styles throughout their career…

      Same builder that produces this kind of Tiny House can in the very next built make something completely different if their next client has completely different preferences… It’s just the nature of custom builds that the builder has to produce what their client wants and that can drastically change from one client to the next…

      • Avatar Karen Blackburn

        Sorry but D Pedersen is right. A few of the US THs are nice but so so many are tacky. The Pohutukawa, and the Kauri, are both beautiful livable homes whether you are a family or a single person (me). This, and one other builder in Southland featured recently or the builder if the Nestpod THs in Scotland, are the only ones out of the hundreds that have been featured that I would live in, basically unaltered. Admittedly I don’t believe in a dishwasher but I know many do, nor is a microwave on my list but again many couldn’t cope without one, same with a washing machine. These, like internal decor as in paint colours, are subjective to each individual. However internal design in general, as in layout, as well as external design, is different and many US companies produce a tacky product. Again to a certain degree that is client led, and one persons tacky is another persons classy, or at least normal. NZ (and most Scottish) houses in general are basic, utilitarian and definitely NOT tacky (always an exception though) so it is little wonder THs follow suit. French ones are another example of nice, practical, liveable THs. A good staircase and a sofa rather than a built in bench with cushions (incredibly uncomfortable especially for those with back problems or who are shorter/taller than average) can make or break a TH. The Pohutukawa still stays top of my list and I am seriously considering checking whether I have enough money saved in dad’s bank account to buy one and leave it in his garden until I can move back. This is worth relocating half way around the world for, and I don’t say that lightly.

        • Avatar James D.

          Well, you may disagree but I’ve seen thousands of tiny homes, over decades, and have also followed tiny houses in multiple other countries.

          There’s literally tens of thousands of tiny homes in the states, with thousands of builders across the country, and builders that are not only local but international… Like Tiny Healthy Homes operates in both Canada and NZ during different months of the year and occasionally travels to other countries to do special builds, for example.

          While builders like Incredible Tiny Homes have done over 140 homes in just over 2 years and all of them are unique, as another example.

          I can even point to tiny houses with essentially the same design as this NZ home that were done in the states…

          Regardless, even if you still think I’m wrong, which is fine btw…

          Consider just one thing, that there’s no reason you need to import a home from across the world when you can simply have a local builder copy the design…

          The nice thing about most tiny houses is they follow the same construction techniques and use of materials as you would find in any house and there’s very little architecture that can’t be freely copied by anyone…

          Besides, homes built in other countries are built to different standards because many countries won’t have the same climates, weather extremes, road legal limits, or the same residential living and safety standards…

          This even effects RV’s… For example, many design features that are common in the UK can’t be copied in the states because they aren’t allowed and vice versa for some of the US RV design features… and the same holds true for how homes are built… So it’s not always as simple as just shipping costs… But there’s almost always alternatives that can still get you what you want…

  • Avatar Elizabeth Rubio

    What a beautiful, practical house! Its clean lines, monochromatic scheme and generous fenestration give the feeling of spaciousness. I have to agree with D. Pedersen about the tackiness of some American-made tiny homes. Not all, however. I particularly like those built by Escape out of Wisconsin.

  • Avatar Andy

    Looks great. If I ordered one, I would probably ask them to move the window between kitchen and dining area more towards the dining area so that one person doesn’t have to face the wall and also raise the lounge area to have some extra floor storage

  • Avatar Richard H Chapple Sr

    Thanks for the dimensions, I wasn’t too far off, the width is nice, that helps a lot to look and feel spacious. Here in the states, extra permitting would be needed for the over height and the width also I believe. But I rarely would be moving this one. In fact if I found THE SPOT to park permantly I’d be happy as a clam in this home.

    • Avatar James D.

      Height depends on state… The 13′ 6″ limit is mainly for the eastern half of the country… Out west it’s 14′, 14′ 6″ in two states, and 15′ in Alaska…

      Width is what’s national at 8′ 6″ but that’s for the highways… Local roads can be more strict and things like Class A motorhomes that push those limits can be limited to around a 10 mile radius of the highway…

      While length limits can vary from state to state…

      Along with driving license requirements as some will either require a CDL or special class license if what you’re towing is say over 26,000 lbs and/or oversize… But you only have to worry about it for the state that issues your license…

      Overall, yes… Going wider definitely helps a lot… On maximum with moving permit you could possibly go up to 14′ wide and 40-60 feet in length… Like say if you were doing a shed conversion and that’s about as big as you can go as one complete piece instead of shipping it in parts and assembling it on site.

      While if money was no obstacle… Examples like celebrity Will Smith’s custom built Travel Trailer RV can expand with both slides out and slide ups to provide a total of 1400 Sq Ft with 2 full levels, to show what’s possible on the extreme side… But that’s a $2.5 million home…

      • Avatar Maile

        Hi James, I really appreciate all your information you share. Can I please ask where I would find out that information for Hawaii? What departments would I need to read out to? This whole process is pretty daunting, but we would really love to purchase a tiny home for our small family. Thanks in advance for any info.

  • Avatar Kathy

    I would like to shake the hand of the interior designer. This house hits all the high points, from the perspective of a merger of utility with beauty. Simply one of the best, if not THE best I have seen in the 5-6 years I have been watching THOWS. It helps a lot to be that extra foot or so in width, but the sleek cabinetry and appliances really give you a feeling of spaciousness as well. LOVE where the drawers/cabinets, and hopefully a clothes closet, and the washer dryer are placed, as well as the door to the bathroom enjoying the extra bit of privacy due to the placement of the door onto that corridor. Brilliant. Congratulationsonma great plan, well executed!! Please consider selling the plans.

  • Avatar Chuck

    I really like this!. However, is it a good idea to have the oven placed over the dishwasher?

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