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5 retro baches for sale where you can live the quintessential Kiwi dream

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5 retro baches for sale where you can live the quintessential Kiwi dream

There is naught more quintessentially ‘Kiwi’ than the humble New Zealand bach. The Kiwiana bach is one filled with mismatched furniture, board games, and rowdiness – here are a few of our favourite picks that fit the bill currently on the market around the country.

1. Beach within reach– Coromandel

We’ve found your entry-level holiday bach in the very desirable enclave of Te Kouma Bay.

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Complete with a garage that’s been converted into a rumpus room, a carport on hand for boats and beach toys aplenty, a log fireplace and the remains of tree hut in the hills, the luxuries of a Kiwiana bach are all evident in this wee gem.


The white walls seen on both the interior and exterior bring out the timbre railings and walls, giving the space a rustic warmth. But they mightn’t be for everyone so if you’re looking to explore your DIY side, this bach provides the perfect canvas.

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2. A taste of Kiwiana – Christchurch 

Located 30 minutes out of Christchurch in the small rural community of Springston, this kiwi bach may be your idea of a great place to enjoy a quiet weekend away. ‘Character’ is the opulent word here, and it certainly isn’t perfect – but that’s part of the charm. The bright yellow and green painted joinery are nods to trends of past architectural eras, and the rest of the home is full of similar vintage gems.

The retro colour scheme is visible throughout the home, including the bold blue coloured bathtub with matching curtains.

The clear 1980’s decor theme is evident in the bold mish-mash of patterns, there is certainly no shortage of floral bedding in this home. If you love this look – you’re in luck, the owner has enjoyed his time here and is willing to leave it to the new owners with all the bach necessities. He is also considering offers from $99,000 so the price is definitely right.

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3. Serenity on The Sounds – Marlborough Sounds

This place is not for the faint-hearted – but fortune favours the bold. Only accessible by boat and run entirely on solar power, it may feel more like camping than a beach house, but the undisturbed views of the remarkable Marlborough Sounds will make it all worth it. In one of the most beautiful parts of the country, you will never tire of this scenery – which you can enjoy from your ‘Poor Man’s’ hot tub!

If you wish to complete home improvements – the building equipment is already on site for you to create your own private sanctuary. This is an opportunity to create the ultimate Kiwi bach waterfront property, with 1.2 hectares of north facing native bush and great water supply.

The house might require some love, but the bones are there and the location is unbeatable.

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4. Entry Level Bach – Little Sunny Bay 

This little gem encompasses all the things I love about the quintessential Kiwi bach. The bedrooms are small, and all the attention has been placed on the deck – where all your time here will be spent. The cute little cottage, which is perched close to popular Little Sandy Bay makes the ultimate tranquil getaway.

With four bedrooms, a lounge and a large outdoor area there is space for everyone, and this is a great place for entertaining.

The house is tidy and presents an exciting buying opportunity for a lucky person wanting a remote Coromandel getaway.

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5. Rustic Retreat – Lawrence 

This is the ultimate quirky South Island getaway. Filled with interesting knick-knacks and antiques, the furniture is included so you won’t have to work hard to make this unique property a home.  If you don’t want to live here – make it your secluded lock-and-leave getaway and a great base to enjoy much of what the South Island has to offer.

Only a 30-minute drive from Dunedin Airport, you will feel a world away in this native bush surrounded area. The upstairs has a generous open-plan living and kitchen area while the rest of the house offers three bedrooms and a character-filled bathroom.

There are opportunities galore at this stunning retreat in the wilderness!

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Words by: Kate Milliken Photos via: Realestate.co.nz

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