Whangamata top of pops

The greater Waikato is a hit with those looking to chill out in a bach for their holidays, with four of Bookabach's top holiday destinations in the region.

Whangamata in the Coromandel Peninsula also cemented its position as the top summer holiday hotspot for Kiwis, coming out as the most popular destination in New Zealand for the fifth year running, according to statistics unveiled yesterday by holiday home booking website Bookabach.

The rankings are based on the total number of nights booked via Bookabach.co.nz between 1 December 2012 and 11 January 2013.

Whangamata had the most booked nights of any destination, with 2506, followed by Lake Wanaka (2222) and Mangawhai Heads (1847). Growing in popularity was Whitianga, which came in at fifth spot (1711) ahead of Mt Manganui.

But Taupo and Raglan were not far behind, with their baches being placed 6th and 7th most popular of the website's 6604 listed homes.

Although Bookabach chief executive Peter Miles could not tell the Times whether baches in Whangamata had increased in price over the years due to its popularity, he did say the average rental prices for the top 10 destinations had increased by 5 per cent to $326 a night during the peak summer period.

Mr Miles said Whangamata had always been one of the most popular spots since Bookabach started in 2000.

"When people think Coromandel, they think Whangamata - it's a lovely beach."

And while Raglan was rated in the top 10, it was still great value with an average cost of $201 per night.

A quick check of the website yesterday revealed a wide range of per-night prices for Whangamata baches, from $200 to $900.



Bookabach's picks:

1. Whangamata

2. Lake Wanaka

3. Mangawhai Heads

4. Whitianga

5. Mt Maunganui

6. Taupo central

7. Raglan

8. Queenstown

9. Onetangi, Waiheke

10. Oneroa, Waiheke

Waikato Times