As voted by you, we’re proud to announce the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners and the Supreme Bach of the Year in the 2016 Bach of the Year Golden Piwa Awards.
Thousands of votes were received and we’d like to say thanks to all who participated in the search for New Zealand’s best baches.
Big congratulations go to Carrie Walshe, winner of a 3-night holiday for four people in the Supreme Bach of the Year! What a great way to start summer!
Drum roll please…the winners are:
The Supreme Bach of the Year Award goes to the winner of the Best Quirky category, The Treehouse Waiheke Island. This magical property located in one of the Auckland region’s most popular holiday spots was a clear winner, receiving the most votes of any bach. With its private bush setting, romantic spa pool under the stars, and whimsical spiral staircase that leads to the lofty bedroom in the treetops, it’s clearly a favourite among voters and travellers alike.
This contemporary holiday home has huge bi-fold doors from living areas and bedrooms opening to panoramic beachfront and sea views. It’s two minutes’ walk to golden sandy beaches, with safe swimming, great fishing and diving.
With all the mountain and lake views you could want, this house on Queenstown Hill is private, peaceful and comfortable, and is set just 3 minutes’ drive from town and 30min to skifields.
Kotari Point has spectacular sea views to the Poor Knights Islands and the Whananaki coastline. Set on 5 acres, fringed by pohutukawa, this large bach enjoys two private beaches and its own mooring.
Guest comment: “On arrival the fire was lit and personal notes left along with flowers in every room… Fresh bread, homemade granola, fruit and jams from the garden, eggs from the farm…home away from home.” - VickiM80
Guests comment: “What a great place to stay and wonderful hosts… We felt very welcome…the cottage is just wonderful and has everything you need…I have to mention the delicious wine and the beautiful views and location.” - HesterBoerma
Guest comment: “WOW! Fox Cottage was amazing…relaxing, welcoming and warm…The wee note inviting us to use what we like when we were there was so touching - candles, cooking books, shower gels…I would absolutely recommend it to everyone!” - Hayley_lowe
Two minutes from buzzing Russell, Bay Retreat is just metres from a safe swimming beach, and families can enjoy the pool table, table tennis, two kayaks, wave-ski, dinghy, toys and games.
Kepler Oaks Chalet is close to the Waiau River, forests and mountains. Families who love animals will be in seventh heaven here, with horses, dog, cat, sheep, chickens and rabbit, and complimentary pony rides for children!
Sitting waterfront on Lake Rotorua, Waikuta Lakeside Lodge can sleep 12, with a cot available, plus a spa pool, kayaks, high speed WiFi, Sky TV, foozeball table, DVDs and books to keep the family amused.
The Cheeky Tui has a pretty, garden setting by a reserve, 5-10 minutes’ dogwalk from Lake Tarawera. The house is sheltered, sunny and quiet. The property is fenced and well behaved dogs are very welcome.
Whitianga Holiday Escape is pet-friendly and fully fenced. There are 3 bedrooms, a covered outdoor living area and dogs are welcome to sleep in the wash house. Dog-walking is allowed at the lovely estuary nearby.
This family bach has a large, fenced garden, 40 metres from the beach. Guest comment: “Location was great just a short walk to the beach which our boys and little dog loved running around at!” - BrookeCa1
The First Light House generates electricity from solar power, and combines energy efficiency with architectural excellence. Designed and built by University of Victoria architectural students, it won awards at the international “Solar Decathlon”.
Set in native bush and gardens, close to Medlands Beach, Koru Cottage is a small, modern bach which runs from solar power. It has views over the coastline, plus surfing, fishing and diving on the doorstep.
This solar-powered lodge has full insulation, lush carpet, Contessa wood-burner, heat transfer system, wetback, unlimited gas hot water and double glazing. Swim, fish, kayak, enjoy the wood-fired spa pool and beautiful views of bush and lake.
There are spectacular views of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu from this four bedroom house, with two bathrooms, open plan living, entertainer’s kitchen and expansive deck , perfect for entertaining or relaxing in the sun.
Harakeke is set on the beachfront at Waikanae Beach with views to Kapiti Island. Harakeke has three bedrooms, and is sunny and sheltered, offering relaxed, indoor/outdoor living, with a private patio off the living room.
Offering stunning views of Oakura River, farmland and sea, this luxurious retreat sits hilltop, with 2 bedrooms and modern, open plan living spaces flowing out to the large deck, with sun-loungers, BBQ and outdoor bath.
In a private, bush setting, the Treehouse is surrounded with ferns and native birds. It’s a romantic retreat, with three levels, linked by a curving staircase. Enjoy nearby vineyards and beaches, and a spa beneath the stars.
This rustic family home has lime-washed walls, a roaring fire for winter, and a patio for long summer lunches. The 60 acre property is set on the Tukituki River, where guests can swim, fish or picnic.
This hand-crafted hideaway pairs a vintage housetruck with a stylish yurt. The 15 acre organic surrounds offer friendly animals, a mountain bike track, swings and a short walk to a swimming hole in the Takaka river.
This beachfront holiday home has ocean views, sleeps 10 and sits just five minutes from the cafes and shops of Napier City. Enjoy BBQs on the deck and swimming, fishing, cycling and beach walks.
Guest comment: “The apartment is very lovely, tastefully decorated and comfortable… The location was great, we walked to restaurants and bars on Cuba Street and the CBD, as well as Te Papa Museum.” - CristiS2
This villa-style home sits 5 minutes from the city centre, in the popular suburb of Kew, and has amazing night and bay views. Kew lies next to St. Clair, with its famous promenade.