Bookabach Announces The Best Bach In The Country

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From a nine bedroom luxury beach house to a unique pet friendly converted barn, the best baches in the country have been revealed.

For generations Kiwi families have been heading away to a bach for long weekends, school holidays breaks, and balmy summers, packing the car with all of the essentials – boogie boards, beach towels, board games, and chilly bins. If you’re seeking that laidback lifestyle with a dose of adventure for your next family holiday, there’s a great selection of baches, holiday homes, and apartments across the country ready for you to call them your home away from home. And now we know the cream of the crop …

Bookabach, New Zealand’s original holiday home website, has announced the Bach of the Year for 2021! Check out which fantastic holiday homes made the top 10 and the winners below. Then start your holiday planning!

Stylish holiday homes

Simone Scoppa, Travel Expert at Bookabach has declared 2021 the year of the fancy bach. While there is still a place for the traditional bach this year’s top 10 holiday homes is an indication of what Kiwi’s are looking for and valuing in their next holiday.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2021 winners of the Bookabach Bach of the Year Awards. This year’s winners list proves the humble quintessential bach has been forever transformed into some of the country’s most sophisticated and stylish holiday homes,” she said.

“The winning baches reflect today’s travel trends where we’re increasingly seeing Kiwis take frequent and sometimes last-minute road trips to private holiday houses. The homes are also reflective of how Kiwis love the great outdoors with popular locations including Ohakune for its surrounding all-season mountain experiences to the beaches of Northland, the Coromandel and Kapiti Coast,” added Scoppa.

The winner is …

Bookabach awarded the gold medal to ‘Collie’s Beach House’ in Mangawhai Heads, Northland. A mere 30 metres from the waters edge, the house has nine bedrooms and is popular amongst large, multi-generation families or families travelling together. There’s indoor and outdoor fireplaces for winter, and air conditioning in every room for summer. Kids are entertained with the swing set and trampoline whilst adults soak up the large north facing deck for sundowner drinks. Stylishly decorated with black and white throughout, this is no ordinary bach.

Collie's Beach House Mangawhai Heads Bookabach

The Silver award goes to a Hahei dream

In the Coromandel, a Hahei home perched on the Pa Hill has taken the silver accolade. ‘Hahei Ocean Dream‘ is a hit with families travelling with teens, given the fourth bedroom and third bathroom are in a separate sleepout from the main house. With ocean views and surrounded by native bush, the home has recently been renovated with a new master bedroom, kitchen, scullery and bathrooms.

Hahei Ocean Dream Bookabach

Bronze for a cosy cabin

Further south, but staying in the North Island, a modern cosy cabin retreat 10 minutes from Ohakanue was awarded bronze. Nestled amongst trees and paddocks, Redrock Hut is a blend of rustic and modern design with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Guests are encouraged to bring their hiking boots, skis and mountain bikes to explore the outdoors including one of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks – the Tongariro Crossing.

Redrock Hut Ohakune Bookabach

Don’t miss these other finalists for Bach of the Year

There are plenty more amazing properties to be discovered on Bookabach, including these holiday homes that made the shortlist for Bach of the Year.

Stylish Queenstown luxury

A stylish Queenstown luxury home overlooking the Remarkables Mountain Range and Lake Wakatipu.

Black Diamond Queenstown Bookabach

Big on the Kapiti Coast

The aptly named ‘Big Bach’ in Raumati South on the Kapiti Coast. This stylish bach sleeps up to 25 guests and is right on the beach.

Big Bach Paraparaumu Bookabach

Ruapehu stunner

A four bedroom bach named ‘Bluebird on Snowmass’ made the list and is where guests can soak in the spa whilst drinking in views of Mount Ruapehu.

Bluebird on Snowmass Ohakune Bookabach

Incredible Raglan retreat

A dog-friendly and stylish barn overlooking the rugged West Coast at Raglan with its 360 degree views, sun filled and spacious rooms.

Ocean View Barn Raglan Bookabach

Entertain indoors and out

A ‘Coastal Charmer’ in Mangawhai Heads with multiple living and entertainment areas for large families to be together inside and out.

Coastal Charmer Mangawhai Heads Bookabach

Beachfront location

Dal Riata at Sandy Bay in Northland which offers uninterrupted views of Poor Knights Islands and sleeps 11.

Dal Riata Matapouri Bookabach

Step into the spa

The Purple House in Ohakune which is packed with charm given its balance between retro and contemporary.

The Purple House Ohakune Bookabach

Full details of the 2021 winners list can be found at For those about to start planning their travel, Bookabach has a tripboard function where you can save the winners to your Bookabach profile to make planning your holiday a breeze.

Looking for a bach, holiday home, or apartment for your next family holiday? Bookabach has a range of properties around New Zealand for memorable family holidays. Visit for more inspiration.

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Written by Kidspot NZ with information provided by Bookabach.

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