Holiday-makers head to South Island baches

HolidayHouses.co.nz's most expensive listing is this Karaka property, for $9200 a night.
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HolidayHouses.co.nz's most expensive listing is this Karaka property, for $9200 a night.

Holiday-makers are flocking to South Island hotspots this summer, new data shows.

Trade Me head of travel Daniel Bridges said the three most popular destinations to rent a bach this summer via the company's HolidayHouses.co.nz website were Te Anau, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura.

"Thousands of Kiwis have got their holiday plans in order in recent months, and, based on bookings, holiday houses in the South Island are the most popular," Bridges said.

He said New Zealanders liked the space and comfort that they got from renting a holiday house and owners found it was a good way to help pay the mortgage or rates.

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Baches for rent range from the very cheap, such as this one-bedroom Taipa cabin renting for $20 a night over summer, to top-of-the-line properties such as this five-bedroom Karaka home, for $9200 a night.

But getting away to the seaside is still a top priority for many.

The most popular beach locations this year are Coromandel's Hot Water Beach, or Waikawa Bay, near Picton.

The most expensive bach for rent is a house in Karaka for $9200 a night. The cheapest is $20 a night for a cabin in Taipa, in the Far North.

The top five areas for the 2015/2016 summer on HolidayHouses.co.nz are Te Anau, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Arrowtown and Queenstown.

Twizel and Akaroa, numbers two and three last summer, have been bumped off the list completely.

A Crown Mill luxury apartment in central Dunedin has generated the most inquiry this summer. It costs $145 a night, has two bedrooms and is six blocks from The Octagon.

At competing site Bookabach.co.nz, Lake Tarawera and Hahei were the most sought-after destinations.

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Nationwide, the average cost of a booking on Bookabach.co.nz over the next month is $1296. Auckland bookings are the most expensive, at $1763.56 on average. The West Coast is cheapest, at just over $462.

Mum-of-two Te Arapera Tauri said she chose a holiday home for her family trip to Taipa this summer because it was an easier option for small children.

She is paying $420 for three nights.

"I didn't want to go to a motel or camping because we are taking the kids, including bubba. We needed somewhere that wasn't going to be overrun with other tourists and would be quiet and private enough for me to feed him and put him to sleep."

Trade Me also operates travelbug.co.nz, which offers deals on hotels, motels, holiday homes, holiday parks and backpacker accommodation.

Bridges said hotel rooms in the North Island were the most popular summer holiday option for users of that site. 

Wellington, Auckland, Picton, Taupo and Rotorua were the most popular destinations. The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor in Wellington was generating the most bookings for the coming months, Bridges said.

 - Stuff

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