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    Win tickets to An Evening with Noel Fielding in Christchurch

    Have a laugh on us: An Evening with Noel Fielding (from The Mighty Boosh), at the Isaac Theatre Royal. It promises to be anything but a normal evening!... [More]

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    Guide to New Zealand’s top wine regions

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    Children’s Attractions Around NZ

    Childhood memories of good times at the bach can last forever. With a bit of planning your family holiday can be just as memorable.... [More]

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    Snow guide: Mt Ruapehu

    Rising dramatically 2797m out of the Central Plateau, this vast volcanic beauty has two commercial ski areas and a friendly little club field.... [More]

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    A Schoolhouse Amongst the Vines

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    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]

  3. 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]

Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

Koutu Retreat - Opononi Stunning New Beach House

 He whare tino ataahua Koutu Retreat! What a beautiful place and amazing view. Rented for work but were spoiled at the end of each day with such luxury. Thank you! 

Bach and / or cottage - you decide

 Great location and very family friendly. Will definitely use again. 

Bach and / or cottage - you decide

 It was perfect. We needed to cater for 15 people for my wifes 40th birthday and Leonie allowed us to be flexible on those numbers if it was needed. It is a lovely property with easy walk to the beach. The kids loved using the boogie boards and the adults appreciated the sky sports channels!! Big deck and bbq, plenty of space. Thanks Leonie, my extended family had a great weekend for a family birthday. Would look to use again without hesitation. 

Hihitahi Sea View - Peaceful Stunning Views

 Thanks for lovely week. House was perfect size and layout for 3 couples and children. Plenty of space for people to spread out. Lots for kids to do outside and in. Very quiet private location with beautiful views. Karen very helpful and lovely to deal with. 

Historic Mataia Homestead

 Lovely home and plenty of room for the 11 of us (7 adults, 4 kids). Great gardens and walks. Even if the weather had been wet it would have been OK. Not having to do a deep clean or the laundry was a plus too. No phone/internet access in the house was not a major although if the girls had been teenagers I am sure they would have thought so! coverage down the garden was OK. Extremely enjoyable family holiday. 

Patuwai ('By the Water')

 A great property for large numbers or two families. We had a great time