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Ten luxury Waikato homes, including houses in Tamahere and Matangi, will strut their stuff on this year’s Fine Homes Tour, a must-see for interior decor lovers.

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The tour, traditionally a friends’ fun day out with the added bonus of being a worthy cause fund raiser, allows a lucky few to view some of the region’s finest private homes.

This year ticket sale proceeds will be shared between Alzheimers Waikato and the Waikato Family Centre Trust, says Tamahere’s Pamela Townshend, the event co-ordinator.

The homes on this year’s tour, on Friday, November 11, range from traditional to contemporary, from very large to reasonably small and from newly-built to renovated houses. As well, nine leading Waikato florists are adding floral flair to the homes’ decor.

“There will be something to appeal to everyone,” promises Townshend.

The homes’ locations are kept a secret so that they will be a surprise for those who buy the $65 tickets. Ticket purchase details are available here on the Fine Homes Tour website.

“The home owners have gone to a great deal of time and expense preparing for this tour, and we really appreciate the effort they put into helping us in this fund-raising event,” Townshend said.

People come from far and wide to see the Waikato homes.

“Almost 40 per cent of those taking part [in 2009] were people from outside Hamilton. They came from as far away as Auckland and the Coromandel, with others from Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Otorohanga and Cambridge.”

The goal of the organising committee, which includes three other Tamahere residents, is to raise $90,000 for this year’s beneficiary organisations. That means selling 1400 tickets but the committee is confident they will get support. The last tour, in 2009, attracted around that number, and raised $81,000 for the True Colours Charitable Trust and the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society.

The tour is also backed by around 140 volunteers, who assist in the homes on the day. They include about 40 members from sponsors, Lodge Real Estate, who help on the doors.

Ticket holders are given detailed directions to the homes, including at which one to start their tour. Having people start at different locations avoids congestion.

Since the tours began in 2003 more than $320,000 has been raised for a variety of charities.

The Fine Homes Tour starts here …

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