The best baches in New Zealand for 2020

It's that time of year again where the Bach of the Year has been crowned. Kiwi travellers voted with their wallets over the last year to tell us what the most popular holiday home was in the country, coupled with the best reviews and highest rated properties. Check out the gold, silver and bronze medallists and the rest of the finalists when planning your next holiday.


Boat Shed at Tarawera, Rotorua District

4 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 11

This recently renovated single level four-bedroom lake front property offers tranquil accommodation with tastefully appointed furnishings. The award winning home has elevated lake front views set above a lush ponga tree canopy leading to one of the best trophy trout lakes in the world. Key features of the home include an outdoor pizza oven and hot tub for all the family to enjoy.

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Hot Pool Hideaway Views, Taupo

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

This renovated home has the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy on your next holiday. The home features a modern, internal thermal hot pool which is rare in Taupo and a real luxury. The home has a magnificent view of the lake stretching from the Mountains (Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngaruahoe) to the Township of Taupo.

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Karaka Cottage, Mapua, Tasman Region

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Karaka has two decks and a verandah with expansive views of mountains and the estuary. The outdoor bath, hammocks, weber barbecue and outdoor furniture are set in a beautiful, natural landscape making this a very special place for you and the family.

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Bay View Beach House, Raglan

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Bob's Bach, Whangamata

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Hanmer Tree House, Hanmer Springs

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Number 40, New Plymouth

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Oke Beach House, Rawhiti

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Pam's Place, Foxton Beach

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Quintessential Kiwi Bach, Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty

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Remarkable Vista, Fernhill, Queenstown

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Ruru Whare, Aotea, Waikato

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The Sands, Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty

The Verandah at Gisborne, Whataupoko

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Warbrick Stone Cottage, Gibbston

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About the Awards

In its ninth year, the Bookabach Bach of the Year Awards celebrate the best baches in New Zealand. In a year where travel has been restricted and holidaying closer to home is a top priority, there is a holiday home or bach out there for any sized family or group of friends.


The finalists of the best baches in New Zealand was based on booking data from Bookabach from August 15, 2019 to August 15, 2020, as well as traveller reviews, star and cleanliness ratings.