The Family Bach - Cable Bay

Bach or holiday home | Cable Bay | #11358

9.4/10 (38 ratings)
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 5 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Stylish revamped bach
  • Broad views of Doubtless Bay
  • A walk from the pink sand of Cable Bay

The Wrathall family were amongst the first European settlers in Doubtless Bay. Mangonui Streets and historic buildings bear their name. After many prosperous years, when the whalers moved on and the demand for kauri gum waned, the family and their business interests moved to Auckland.

Generations on, the Wrathall’s connection with their family’s Northland heritage remained. In the early 1950s a section near the top of Cable Bay’s Seaview Road was selected as the site for the family’s new holiday bach.

Although no longer owned by the original Wrathall settler family, several years ago they faced a dilemma. Bulldoze the old bach and build a grand house like the homes it sits amongst or work with the shell of the 50’s place? A place loaded with memories of laughter, tall fishing tales and sweltering family Christmases.

Fortunately she wasn’t flattened but she is a shadow of her former self. The practical aspects of the design were retained. Original features were given a new life. The character hasn’t been filled and sanded out of the repolished native timber floors.

The gutted bach interior was rebuilt with appointments you might expect to find in a modern apartment. With details that hark back to the 50’s like quality vintage furniture recovered in fresh modern fabrics. There are clip on transparent vinyl panels to child-proof the deck railings.

60 years ago, the site for The Family Bach was selected for 2 reasons. It was a short safe walk from the ice-creams and pink sand of Cable Bay and had a grandstand panoramic view out over sparkling Doubtless Bay. That hasn’t changed.

There’s a flat screen Freeview TV, unlimited wireless broadband, modern appliances, chrome and glass bathroom and crisp clean linen. But there is also a really neat original Kiwi bach feel to The Family Bach too. I’m sure you’ll sense it.

Special conditions: The base tariff is for 2 people. Additional people: an extra $25 each per night Pets by Negotiation - Please advise when enquiring Smoking outside only


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • Toddler safe
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 2

    2 x King single bed

  • Bedroom 3

    2 x King single bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x Queen bed


Maybe booked

  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $50.00 per stay (required)

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (47)

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  • Great location Views stunning and everything you need for a great family...

    Great location Views stunning and everything you need for a great family holiday in the Bach is there A real “family Bach”

    Lizone1010 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • The perfect holiday, everything we needed and loved being able to have...

    The perfect holiday, everything we needed and loved being able to have our wee dog with us. Very cool cottage with magnificent views and all very comfortable and clean.

    JamieGray1 100%|2x Mar 2018

  • Lovely NZ bach in a beautiful part of the world

    Lovely NZ bach in a beautiful part of the world. Had everything you needed plus the bonus of being able to take our choc lab. He loved it. Will visit again.

    BruceWi9 100%|3x Jan 2018

  • Awesome location and great bach with all you need for that traditional...

    Awesome location and great bach with all you need for that traditional Kiwi summer break by the beach. We will definitely be back!

    MelainaVo1 100%|1x Jan 2018

  • Great spot & fantastic place to stay

    Great spot & fantastic place to stay. All you need for a relaxing break. Would definitely stay again.

    kathey39 100%|3x Apr 2017

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