One of the best things about bach holidays is getting the whole family together in one place, sharing meals, having barbeques on the deck and enjoying each other’s company.
Some baches even look like they are designed specifically for entertaining. We’ve hand-picked our top 10 entertainer’s dream baches to get you inspired for your next getaway.
1. Harakeke – Kapiti Coast, Wellington
With its multi-award-winning architecture, Harakeke is not only an ideal place for entertaining, it’s also a work of art. Get creating in the kitchen or throw a few sausages on the barbeque, pull open those super wide sliding doors and let guests sit where ever they feel most comfortable – the indoor/outdoor flow is second to none.
2. Matapana House – Waiheke Island, Auckland
Every meal, drink or nibbles at Matapana House will be made that much better by having that jaw-droppingly beautiful view spread out in front of you. Take a seat at the table, window seat, in one of the armchairs or on the deck, surround yourself with your favourite people and serve up some good food and drink. That’s what it’s all about.
3. Piringa – Omaha Beach, Auckland
From the open-plan kitchen to the lounge and dining area, onto the deck - everything flows perfectly at this Omaha bach beauty. Enjoy dinner on one of the two outdoor tables, sundowners on the cedar deck and maybe even a cheeky champagne in the spa later on.
4. Black Barrel Lodge - Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes
Flanked by sliding doors leading to the covered decks outside, with a generously sized kitchen island/breakfast bar and a chunky outdoor table adjacent to the most grandiose outdoor fireplace you’ve ever seen, this Wanaka pad gives guests plenty of options. Added bonus: it’s in one of the most gorgeous parts of the country with views of the mountains in the distance.
5. Arapiki House – Raglan, Waikato
With soothing pastel tones on the walls and warm wood underfoot, you’ll feel at ease from the moment you arrive at Arapiki House. Keen cooks will be in their element in the kitchen with the rustic wooden benchtops and keen eaters will gravitate towards the six-person dining table just a few feet away.
6. Aporo Holiday Home - Nelson
This bach makes the most of that glorious sunshine that Nelson is known for with a big wrap around deck, complete with an outdoor table with seats for eight and a barbeque that’s itching to be lit up. If the weather isn’t playing its part, take shelter indoors and make the most of the open plan kitchen and dining area.
7. Ten Tawa – Waiheke Island, Auckland
North facing and perfectly positioned to take in those glorious views of the Hauraki Gulf, it will be hard to leave the deck at Waiheke’s Ten Tawa. The outdoor furniture shaded by a big umbrella is the perfect spot for nibbles and drinks before moving to the large dining table inside for dinner. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to appreciate that view from inside.
8. Toru Lodge Retreat - Hot Water Beach, Coromandel
The Toru Lodge Retreat is open-plan perfection. Guests can move freely between the kitchen, dining area and living area without any pesky walls in their way. So whether you feel like a drink at the breakfast bar, snacks on the couch or dinner with the family around the table, this place has got you covered.
9. Matakana Central – Matakana, Auckland
You know a bach is serious about entertaining when the owners leave you a complimentary cheese board as a welcome present. Pair that with a nice bottle of local wine and serve it up to your crew before dinner. They can hover around the breakfast bar and keep you company as you prepare the night’s feast.
10. Waiheke Sea View – Waiheke Island, Auckland
Does it get any better than barbequing with a view out to the ocean? If that sounds like a bit of you, you need to book this glorious Waiheke home. Make sure to visit the shops for some local fare and maybe stop past a cellar door or two for some delicious Waiheke wine to go with it.