The best baches in New Zealand for 2021

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


Collie's Beach House, Mangawhai Heads

9 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 24

This large eight bedroom home is a family reunion dream with indoor and outdoor fire places, a BBQ for outdoor cooking and a trampoline for the kids. The modern interiors are the most talked about aspect of this award winning holiday home.

Book this accommodation in Mangawhai Heads.


Hahei Ocean Dream, Haihei

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

The recently renovated four bedroom home perched on the hill overlooking Hahei Beach is a private and modern location for gathering the ones you love. The views are spectacular and guests comment on the modern interiors and privacy of the home.

Book this accommodation in the Hahei.


Redrock Hut, Ohakune

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 7

This cosy cabin retreat with its rustic yet modern vibe is the perfect destination for gathering with the ones you love after a day of skiing or mountain biking. A short walk from Ohakune centre, the bunk beds are perfect for the kids and the kitchen and laundry are equipped for the modern day family.

Book this accommodation in Ohakune.


The Big Bach, Raumati South

8 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 25

The Big Bach is the epitome of a modern day bach that is stylish yet comfortable and in a perfect location by Raumati Beach. The home has thought of everything that a family needs on holidays, from a nine person spa, kids playhouse, kayaks and the ultimate games room. Guests rave about the outdoor fire place room perfect for family gatherings and telling tales around the log fire.

Book this accommodation in the Raumati South.

Black Diamond, Fernhill

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

The outdoor entertaining space and hot tub of this Fernhill property is a must see for those in the Queenstown region. Perfect for that long awaited family get together, this year round property boasts a panoramic views from its elevated position over Queenstown and the modern interior design is a traveller favourite.

Book this accommodation in the Fernhill.

Bluebird of Snowmass, Ohakune

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 10

This modern bach has been set up for families in mind with bunk beds for the kids and a hot tub for everyone to enjoy soaking in the views of Mount Ruapehu. The house is also an entertainers dream with modern kitchen and interiors as well as an outdoor area with a BBQ and a trampoline for the kids.

Book this accommodation in the Ohakune.

C'Barn, Raglan

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

This unique Raglan based home is perched on a hilltop overlooking the main swimming beach. The rustic and homey vibe is welcoming and did we mention it was dog friendly too?

Book this accommodation in the Raglan

Coastal Charmer, Mangawhai Heads

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

The ultimate outdoor entertaining retreat can be found at this Mangawhai Heads Coastal Charmer. The home includes a hot tub and a large undercover "fire room" with large screen TV, as well as an ample yard and playhouse for the kids to run around.

Book this accommodation in the Mangawhai Heads.

Dal Riata, Matapouri

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Sleeps 11

Nestled behind the dunes of Sandy Bay, Dal Riata is a modern day bach that is comfortable and accommodating for a large group. The outdoor deck is the most talked about feature of the home where you can check the surf with your morning coffee.

Book this accommodation in the Matapouri.

The Purple House - Ohakune

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

The retro yet modern vibe of this bach is a must visit all year round, with a cosy fireplace in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. The cedar hot tub is the perfect remedy for tired legs after a day on the slopes or mountain biking and the home is only a three minute drive from Ohakune town centre.

Book this accommodation in the Ohakune.

About the Awards

In its 11th year, the Bookabach Bach of the Year Awards celebrate the best baches in New Zealand. In another 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 medalists and finalists of the Bach of the Year in New Zealand was based on a combination of criteria including star ratings from traveller reviews, booking data from Bookabach from August 15, 2020 to August 15, 2021, relevance of the home catering to family needs and amenities for family and traveller reviews. Finalists were also asked to submit an entry on why they should be awarded the top honour.