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After scouring the country top to bottom and receiving the most votes from Kiwis nationwide during the competition, Bookabach named the Opunake beachside hideaway the very best in New Zealand.

Raking in top marks for its personal touches for guests, coastal location and unique design, Fox Cottage wowed the judges and voters by ticking all the boxes for what makes a classic Kiwi bach experience.

The property also won silver in the Hospitality category, following a host of glowing feedback from guests and standout features such as top-quality local produce and luxurious beds for a good night’s sleep.

Goran Paladin, one of the award judges, said: “From providing guests with local tips, to stocking the kitchen with vegetables from the garden and locally roasted coffee - the owners of Fox Cottage hit the nail on the head for what makes a classic bach getaway for Kiwis.

“The property also has a fantastic history after being built in 1910 for the local Post Master and the owners have managed to retain little snippets of the bach’s past throughout the house - a really unique quality.”

Goran’s judging partner, TV personality Laura McGoldrick, added:“It was all the little extras that really made Fox Cottage stand out. The owners of this Taranaki gem are all about giving guests first class hospitality - take their Romance Package for honeymooning guests for example, where couples get chilled bubbles on arrival.

“The quirky outdoor bath was a bonus too - who wouldn’t want to soak their troubles away surrounded by native New Zealand bush and wildlife!”

General Manager at Bookabach, Peter Miles, commented: “it’s great to see the humble bach come out tops this year. It goes to show how much people value unique experiences and the work that owners put in to create them.”

“Fox Cottage does just this - despite only owning the bach since November last year, the owners Thomas and Greer have really put their stamp on this property while retaining that classic Kiwi bach feel and we couldn’t be more pleased to name the property our Bach of the Year 2018.”

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