The Hurunui region’s Gore Bay and Leithfield Beach are the perfect kiwi holiday spots. It’s in these places, right along the beach, where kids can ditch the iPads and don their bikes to explore the quiet beaches, footpaths and tracks of the Hurunui.
‘Oceanview’ Gore Bay
This little two-bedroom is the ultimate kiwi bach. With bunk-beds for the kids and an outdoor bath tub for a dip on the deck; it’s as kiwi as you get. Take the whole family, dig out the cards and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s not often the sound of crashing waves is coming from your doorstep and not your smartphone’s app. Further Info
The Old Schoolhouse – Gore Bay
“The School Mistress’ House” of Manuka Bay. This cute bach is a stone’s throw from the beach and sits on a paddock behind a lovely white picket fence. Loaded with history, the little villa has views out to the Point Gibson beacon and the ocean beyond. Grab some fish and chips from Cheviot, they’ll still be hot when you get to the balcony of this wee place or the beach. Further Info
Gore Bay Sanctuary – Port Robinson
Situated on the top of the hill with panoramic views overlooking Gore Bay beach sits a kiwi sanctuary, fitting to its name. This bach and its native surroundings is set on fifty acres of farm land and features a stunning garden with a kiwi bath, BBQ and ponds full of goldfish. It’s only a short distance from the Port Robinson walkway, the golf course and Gore Bay’s beach and tennis courts. Kick back with the garden’s roaming turkeys and enjoy the tranquillity on this hill top. Further Info
Paddy’s Pad – Manuka Bay
Paddy’s Pad is a brilliant, typical kiwi bach, also situated right on the beach. Wake up to the sea views and take a short walk down the farm track to Manuka Bay. Comb the beach for pretty rocks and drift wood or grab a ball and some cricket stumps. Rock-hopping along the shoreline is also a favourite! Keep an eye out for seals and penguins. Further Info
Leithfield’s Sunny, Cosy Bach by the Sea
This cosy kiwi bach is a handy short drive from Christchurch and sits right by Leithfield beach. On a hot day enjoy the pool and grab an ice-cream from the township or explore the region. In the winter this wee place is a retreat. Grab a book and curl up next to the wood burner. Further Info
Check out www.holidayhouses.co.nz for these top baches and more.