The tradition of a second home by the sea, river, forest or lake is strong in New Zealand. In the North Island the local word for holiday home is ‘bach’ (pronounced ‘batch’); in the South Island they say ‘crib’.
Renting a privately-owned holiday home is a great way to be self-sufficient and get into the Kiwi way of life. No two homes are the same, so you’re getting accommodation with character as well as comfort. And compared to a hotel or motel, you’ll probably have a lot more living space to enjoy.
Holiday homes range from simple cottages by the sea to luxurious lodges in the mountains. Some were probably built by their owners; others are architect-designed palaces.
From a vineyard cottage in Central Otago to a beachfront villa in the far north, our holiday home listings include some of New Zealand’s most idyllic locations. Browse carefully to get the location and level of comfort you want.