Brian and Gaye Thornley, with their 2-year-old
granddaughter Piper Byers, are enjoying living and working
at their Abbotsford property. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Brian and Gaye Thornley have the perfect balance between
work and home life on their rural Abbotsford section.
They discovered the Christie St property almost 10 years ago
and in 2005 moved from Three Mile Hill, where they had lived
Mr Thornley found the 12ha Abbotsford block spacious enough
for his Combat Zone Paintball business and it also had a
house on it, so the couple could live on site.
''It's great, exactly what we needed. We can work and live
from the same place,'' he said.
The business meant Mr Thornley was ''always busy'', but never
far from home.
''With paintball we have club days, public games and
competitions. The number of people changes each week,
depending on the time of year or if it is school holidays,
but we are always busy.''
The property has been developed to incorporate three
paintball fields but Mrs Thornley said it had retained its
''We are pretty isolated out here. It's great; we are still
close to Dunedin so it's handy to town. It's lovely, very
rural where we are and a nice community.''
Years ago, the property housed the Orchard Sun Club and then
a garden centre, Mrs Thornley said.
''I think it had been vacant for a while when we bought it.''
She said the area had not changed much in the past decade.
The Thornleys planned to stay in Abbotsford and could not
think of a better place to be.
''We are quite happy here,'' Mrs Thornley said.