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STYLE | travel 81 LIFE’S A BACH Style goes on a hunt to find the unique, off-the-grid and more traditional baches around the country. Words Shelley Robinson Overlooking the sweep of Waimarama Beach, First Light House is also ecofriendly. Kiwis and baches go together like pavlova and cream at Christmas. But to get there, early decisions must be made. Do you travel once the children have been sated with their gifts and filled to the gills with Nan’s chocolate? Or work up a detailed plan for packing the presents in the back of the car, along with Aunt Maisie’s very heavy Christmas cake and a ham that will have to sit in the back seat with the children? But the crucial thing is to book your bach well in advance. Otherwise, you’d best be planning for a tent in the backyard. The key to a good holiday bach is to have one in the family or have an appointed person whose sole responsibility for the year is to find your abode for the holidays. Several browser tabs will be required – and maybe a Facebook group chat. With that in mind, Style has done a bit of the legwork for you, with the help of the folk from Bookabach, to find an eclectic range of baches around the country that may pique your travel interest for next Christmas. Not this year, of course. If you haven’t booked yet, it’s out the back and into the tent you go.