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Contact Steven Painter

021 929 414

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“Being an experienced builder definitely helps you understand the risks around key areas, and that’s important when you’re speaking to clients.”

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Landmark Homes franchise owner Steven Painter is passionate about building beautiful homes. And with 20 years of building experience, he knows what he’s doing.

Originally from Hawkes Bay, Steven entered a building apprenticeship straight after high school. He then moved to Taupō to build his parents’ home and never left—and his parents are still in that home! After running his own building company for several years, Steven and co-owner Gerry Schumacher teamed up to take on the Taupō franchise. Gerry is also the customer service side of the franchise. An accountant and the former business development manager for Landmark Homes NZ, he’s an expert on budgeting and planning.

“Being an experienced builder definitely helps you understand the risks around key areas, and that’s important when you’re speaking to clients,” he says. “I take them through the process, right from the design stage, and tell them what works.” Whoever bowls into their Taupō office can expect a smile, a happy vibe, and a positive experience. Looking for a builder in Taupō? Call Landmark Homes Taupō today!

Gerry Schumacher


027 289 8170

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Ask Gerry Schumacher about anything, and it's likely the answer will somehow come back to golf. Dream house? 'A house on a golf course.' Brilliant. Dream alternative career? 'Professional golfer.' Of course. Most likely at Landmark to do what? 'Organise a golf tournament.' Not that Gerry is your archetypal golf fanatic who can't think of anything else. Of all the houses Landmark has built, for example, his favourite is ... oh wait ... the show home in Kinloch on the Fairways. Scratch that. How about dream holiday? It doesn't involve golf actually — it's hiking to Everest Base Camp. In fact, his biggest inspiration is Sir Edmund Hilary's conquering of Everest in 1953. Gerry is also into yoga, and wouldn't mind attending a yoga retreat in Thailand. If there's one thing he enjoys as much as golf, it's hiking — because there's something about looking out over an amazing vista. Gerry shares ‘home’ with his wife Penny and three children.

Steven Painter


021 929 414

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Ten years ago, Steve Painter was banging in nails in Wharewaka, only recently self-employed and holding onto a dream he'd had for as long as he could remember: designing homes and building them. When he was very young Steve harboured a dream to fly — but he flies in a different way now, setting lofty goals and making sure he achieves them. It's no coincidence his mantra is: Build to be admired. You could say the same about the character of Steve, a family man and father of 'two epic girls'. The key to Steve's success is the value he puts on relationships. His dream client is a couple who understands the process, is thorough in their design, and who will meet onsite every three weeks to review progress and build and then continue the friendship. That speaks volumes about him. 'I enjoy helping others who want to be helped and put in the effort,' he says. All his clients would agree.
  • “Overall, it was a wonderful journey and we love our ‘Landmark’ Home.

    — Tracey and Patrick

  • “We are very happy with our new home and would certainly recommend Landmark to our friends.”

    — Lynne & Richard

  • “Our whole building experience was a delight!

    — C Dewes

  • “The finished house has lived up to our expectations and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Landmark Homes.”

    — Ian and Barbara

  • “We are extremely pleased with the design and finish of our new home!

    — Steve and Nerolie Palleson

  • “The entire build was a fun and stress-free process for me…

    — Susan Neill

  • “It is a real pleasure to be able to recommend Landmark Homes. From our first contact with Landmark's New Home Consultant Angeleine - whose expertise and assistance sealed the deal for us... we were 'sold' - Landmark was just who we were looking for to build our home!
    In fact, what a great dedicated team they all make - from the Office staff - Mary, Construction assistant Alise; Tony the Construction Manager's attention to detail, right up to Gerry, one of the 'approachable' directors!
    This was the first home we had built - as we had always bought existing homes in the past and we found the whole experience 'worry-free'. Tony (Construction Manager) beavered.
    away to keep the build on track and as a result, we moved in on time and are thrilled with our new quality home. It is everything we need and more.
    Thank you, Landmark Homes we have really appreciated the great experience.”

    — Carol and Mike Pryce

  • “We would encourage people to really think about using Landmark Homes. They are flexible and highly capable builders of quality homes with good people on the tools and in the office and management team, they are responsive and transparent and good to work with. We would rate them very close to a full 5 out of 5.'”

    — Charles and Liz Bolt

Tony Lafferty

Construction Manager

027 567 7399

Kristy Portas

New Home Consultant

027 238 9228

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Kristy Portas only recently joined Landmark and already she has made a big impression. And that's because she is so full of life. An athlete and fitness fanatic who was living in South Africa before joining Landmark, Kristy has run the Tongariro Crossing in 3.5 hours and hopes to compete in (and complete) the Taupo Ironman. No wonder she's currently reading Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. As if it wasn't enough to perform at her peak in athletics, Kristy has her sights set on even greener pastures. 'I want to be a Hollywood actress,' she says. We know what you're thinking — how does Kristy get time to do her work? Well, it's easy when you love your clients, who get the benefit of her boundless energy and commitment. When she's not working or running, Kristy is with her two boys, who take turns making her coffee in the morning. So yes, she does switch off sometimes.

Thinking of building your dream home in Taupō? Find out how the Landmark Taupō team can make your dream a reality!

If you’ve always dreamed of a home by the water, surrounded by natural wonders, you can’t go wrong building here. Landmark Homes Taupō are just the team to create your dream home. Tell us about your vision and we’ll start making the plan!

Custom Design and Build

Got a house design in mind? Need some inspiration? Our award-winning Design and Build team can help you create your dream home from scratch. With decades of building experience, we can advise you on what will work and what won’t—so you can make every decision with complete confidence.

Ready to Build Designs

Our award-winning designs are a great starting point for any new build in the area. Choose from a fantastic range or customise a design to suit you. See our most popular plans below.

House and Land Packages

We match sections with a house design that takes advantage of what the site has to offer—in this case, stunning scenery and waterside living! See our current House & Land Packages below.

Remove or Demolish and Rebuild

Want to keep your own site but build new? We’ll remove the existing dwelling and build your dream home on the same site.

Feasibility Assessment

Do you already have a site that you’d like to develop? We’ll help you discover the potential of your site and your options for development. We offer a free site evaluation report to see if your site is suitable for developing, building, or subdividing.

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106B Harakeke Drive, Wharewaka, Taupō Open Hours: Saturday to Sunday: 1.00pm – 3.30pm

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We match local sections with an architecturally-designed house design that takes advantage of what the site has to offer.