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  1. Share a photo and WIN a $250 Bookabach Voucher!
    Share a photo and WIN a $250 Bookabach Voucher!

    Share your summer holiday photos on Instagram using the hashtag #MyBookabachHoliday and be in to WIN a $250 Bookabach Gift Voucher!... [More]

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  1. Northland
    Northland

    "The winterless North" boasts stunning coastline, kauri forests and a rich Maori and European history. Holidaymakers love it. Join them and tick some tourist highlights off your bucket list or find a private bay off the beaten track.... [More]

  2. Islands of the Hauraki Gulf
    Islands of the Hauraki Gulf

    Take your pick amongst the beautiful islands of the Hauraki Gulf, and choose a holiday as ritzy or remote as you like.... [More]

  3. Children’s Attractions Around NZ
    Children’s Attractions Around NZ

    Family fun for all seasons.... [More]

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  1. The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast
    The Story of Wildside Lodge, West Coast

    Wildside Lodge is a labour of love, a rustic, hand-crafted beauty which evolved through Dan and Kath Lane's philosophy and need for using resources that were locally available and free, or at least recycled and cheap!... [More]

  2. Golden Days at Big Bay
    Golden Days at Big Bay

    Fond memories of bach holidays at Big Bay in the 1940s - long drops, meat safes, sackfuls of seafood and a great community.... [More]

  3. Period piece on the Clive River
    Period piece on the Clive River

    A riverfront villa that's perfect for groups: mess about in boats, bike to wineries or swan about historically.... [More]

Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

Grace Cottage: Private retreat overlooking Bay

 This is a very cute cottage with nice sea views. There were lots of native birds around & it was a very relaxing place to be. The driveway is very steep but easy enough to drive up and down. The beach is about 5 min walk away & is quite nice. There was no cell phone reception in the house but not a big issue. We didn't use the kayaks but the bay would be nice to kayak around. We would stay there again. 

Historic Colenso Cottage

 It's a beautiful property, and the history makes it even more special. It has been furnished to a very high standard. We love the outdoor space, and enjoyed eating al fresco. We would have loved to have had a bbq out there. The location is superb, such a quick and easy walk into town, with the added benefit of having a lovely view and a quiet street. We would have welcomed more extras in the kitchen such as kitchen roll, salt and pepper, olive oil even as we were staying only for a few days. 

Idyllic waterfront holiday destination.

 A fantastic place to have a holiday in Russell. We stayed here with our 2 girls (1 & 5). Lovely views over Russell, quiet yet within easy walking distance to the town centre. We also enjoyed being able to walk down to the little private beach and go for a swim or a kayak. The house was very clean, the kitchen well-equipped and the rooms were lovely - particularly the large lounge with views over the bay. 

Phoenix Studio - Romantic Beach Retreat

 As above 

Kowhai Cottage & Studio - Fall in love with me!

 Cosy and comfy cottage with a beautiful garden in a quiet area. Nice sitting areas outside as well as inside. Personal style and great selection of books which really made us feel at home. Would love to come back. 

Cottage with amazing seaviews,

 The cottage is lovely, with an amazing view- well stocked with bits and pieces, and close to Oneroa. We'd like to live here.