The winners have been announced for New Zealand’s best bach in the ninth annual Bookabach Bach of the Year Awards.
A renovated four-bedroom home in Lake Tarawera took home the top prize, with a Taupo hideaway winning silver and a rustic Mapua cottage awarded bronze.
“Lakeside and beach side locations continue to win top honours for kiwi travellers, and this year we have seen a return to a more interior designed modern bach compared to the humble bach that won top honours last year,” says Simone Scoppa, Travel Expert for Bookabach.
Gold: Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera
With its stunning location and many amenities, this Lake Tarawera bach is the perfect place for families and group getaways, says Scoppa.
“It also has all of the modern comforts and commodities one could ask for after being stuck at home for so many months due to COVID, such as a wood fired pizza oven and a hot tub,” she says. “These thoughtful and luxurious touches really make a holiday memorable.”
Looking out over the lakefront, and set amongst a lush tree canopy, its the perfect spot for anglers, or for those who what to be immersed in nature.
“You can relax on the sun-drenched deck and enjoy the sound of native birds, the waves on the sand and the spectacular views of Mt Tarawera – now it doesn’t get more tranquil than that!”
Silver: Hot Pool Hideaway Views at Taupo
Taupo’s Hot Pool Hideaway Views nabbed the silver award, commended for its “structural elegance, stunning views of Lake Taupo and snow-capped mountains and thermal hot pool.”
The hot pool trend is a popular one for holidaygoers, offering a dreamy relaxation spot after a day of exploring.
The location for this bach is another winner, says Scoppa. “It’s located in the ideal position with so many nearby attractions and incredible views which you gaze at from your bedroom window. ”
Like the gold winner, this Taupo bach differs from the ‘classic Kiwi bach’ style, reflecting a growing trend towards comfortable commodities, light airy spaces and a real holiday feel.
Bronze: Karaka Cottage at Mapua
Located in the sun-drenched Tasman region, this lovingly restored apple-pickers cottage offers a “soul-soothing ambience, with sweeping views of the Waimea Inlet and set against a backdrop of mountains.”
“When we think of a typical ‘Kiwi bach’ the Karaka Cottage definitely matches that description,” says Scoppa. “Adding to its relaxing ambience is the cottage’s five acres of organic garden, fruit trees and regenerating native bush.”
Karaka Cottage’s charming personality and unique touches are the real selling points. Paired with a beautiful outdoor bath overlooking idyllic views, it all makes for a “truly grounding and wholesome experience.”