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


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 $20 each per night

Pets by Negotiation - Please advise when enquiring

Smoking outside only

Extras: Cleaning (Required, NZ$50.00 per stay); Linen (included);


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 2

    2 x Single bed

  • Bedroom 3

    2 x Single bed

  • Master Bedroom

    1 x Queen bed


Maybe booked

*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 view

    Great view .On arrival it smelt really musty.We didn't expect to have to vacuum cobwebs from behind the bedheads and under the beds and also behind the couch tv etc.

    GarryHo2 100%|2x Jan 2017

  • We really enjoyed our long weekend

    We really enjoyed our long weekend. The views from the balcony were fantastic! Many thanks

    Hannah5h 100%|1x Oct 2016

  • Great Bach in a great location, can't go wrong with The Family...

    Great Bach in a great location, can't go wrong with The Family Bach at Cable Bay.

    marcdy532 100%|6x Jun 2016

  • Fantastic property

    Fantastic property. Amazing views, would definitely stay again.

    KirstyWi3 100%|2x May 2016

  • This batch is a spectacular place to stay

    This batch is a spectacular place to stay. The views over doubtless bay are world class and incredible. We so enjoyed our stay at this batch and felt so at home. The place was spotless and furnished so nicely. This is a great batch to relax in and really unwind.

    LydiaRad 100%|4x Mar 2016

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