Bookabach reveals New Zealand's best holiday rentals announcing Bach of the Year Awards Finalists

The list of finalists reveals Northland as home to an impressive five out of the 24 properties, followed by three in Waikato and two each in Wellington, Bay of Plenty, Otago, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay and Canterbury. 

This year’s awards, which find and recognise New Zealand’s best holiday homes and baches, are split into four separate categories; Design, Pet Friendly, Unique and Family Friendly. The winners across each category will be announced at the end of October, as judged by home renovation specialists and former The Block NZ winners, Alice and Caleb Pearson, and the young winner of Bookabach’s junior judge competition, Jayden Whitehead. 

The public can also get involved in the judging process by heading to [ to vote for their favourite bach amongst the list of finalists. The most voted for property will be crowned the 2019 People’s Choice winner. Regional pride isn’t the only thing on the line, with all votes entered into the draw to win a $1,000 travel voucher* towards their next Bookabach adventure.

Northland based holiday homes are represented in the list of finalists across three out of four categories, while properties located in Hawke’s Bay make up one-third of the Design category. Properties featured in the list of finalists across the board include everything from a rustic log cabin in Canterbury to a unique train carriage in  Greymouth and a world-class waterfront property Mangonui. 

“We’d like to congratulate all of the property owners whose amazing baches have made the list of finalists for 2019,” says Simone Scoppa, Head of PR for Bookabach. “With over 11,000 properties across New Zealand available on the Bookabach website, it’s no mean feat making it to the top 24, so they should all be very proud.” 

The finalists were selected based on a range of criteria such as quality of images accompanying their Bookabach listing, standard of guest reviews and holiday home description, as well as category-specific criteria. 

Judges, Alice & Caleb Pearson share insights into what they will be looking for to award the ultimate winners of each category of the Bookabach Bach of the Year Awards. “Staying at a bach is a long-held family tradition in our country and the perception of what a bach is has changed over time. From the classic bach to the roomier and architecturally designed homes, at the end of the day, all these types of holiday homes as about relaxing, having a new experience with friends and family and making lifelong memories. You want the features of the bach to help facilitate all things like comfort and quality of space, so we will be looking for these extra special touches as well as stand-out design and interiors” says Alice Pearson. 

The winners of each category as well as the People’s Choice will be announced on on 23rd October 2019. 

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