The big question is, if you put money away into a Chrisco account every week, how many Christmas’ would you need to go without a Chrisco hamper before you could afford is founders New Zealand mansion?

The answer is: a lot! With a build-price touted in excess of $30million, what kind of hampers would you have been forgoing anyway?

Richard Bradley, the British founder of Chrisco who moved to New Zealand in 1993 is now one of the country’s wealthiest people, with an estimated fortune of $50million.

His home, set on 24.3 hectares of land north of Auckland, comes complete with lakes, grapes and olive trees, in a true European estate tradition.

Finished in 2006, the property has six bedrooms, a seven-metre tropical fishtank and a 30m lap pool next to the master bathroom.

The grounds include two lifesize sculptures by Geoff Thompson of a mother giraffe and her calf, a tennis court and a koru-shaped maze.

With a heliport making a journey to Auckland airport only 10 minutes chopper-ride away, this home will be perfect for the buyer whom looks for world-class luxury in a peaceful haven.

Simon Turner

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