84 STYLE | travel WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL Some people look at a cowshed and see cows. But others see a beautiful opportunity to create a bach. We found two holiday abodes that have a bit of a story behind them. TOP: A former herringbone cowshed in Waikato has been crafted into a modern marvel of bach bliss; ABOVE: A rustic feel is introduced by an outdoor bath. The Cowshed – Waikato Normally the words luxury and cowshed are not strung together, but it seems to work for this bach located 10 minutes from Waihi. Tucked up in the front corner of an 11-hectare lifestyle block, this former herringbone cowshed has been recrafted and furnished to sleep four people. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the totara, rimu and manuka trees and even cool off in a shallow waterhole fed by a small stream. As a homage to its former four-legged occupants, you can step into the old tanker stand to find two showers with plenty of space, while the original hot water cylinder has been repurposed as hand basins. Boards from the former calf sheds provide framing for the bathroom, while the corrugated iron that was on the roof is now on the walls and ceilings. Te Pahika – West Coast What do you do with a train carriage after it crashes? Well, it turns out they make a nifty bach in the hands of the right people. This former guard’s van was built in the early 1900s and put to work until 1963, when it crashed at Moana. Nestled between native bush and a pond, Te Pahika’s main carriage is now the bedroom and dressing area, while the newly built ‘station house’ has a kitchen and bathroom, linking to the carriage with a nifty semicovered deck. The ‘station house’ contains the kitchen and bathroom, accessed via a semi-covered deck.
STYLE | travel 85 It is close to Redwood Forest, which is a popular mountain biking option. - KIWI CLASSIC - Nothing says ‘typical Kiwi bach’ like a humble home by the water, complete with a barbecue and a deck. They are the creators of great childhood memories. Views of Lake Rotorua from the living and dining areas. Hannahs Bay Waterfront Family Getaway – Rotorua Head out the gate and onto the lakefront at this classy getaway. This renovated 1950s cottage by Lake Rotorua can fit two families and has a launching ramp and jetty a short distance from the property, with kayaks provided. It won the Family Friendly category at this year’s Bookabach awards. And the icing on the Christmas cake? It is close to Redwood Forest, which is a popular mountain biking destination. Overlooking the sea with a deck to enjoy, this Whangarei Heads bach is a classic. Little Harbourfront Bach – Northland You’ve finished cooking on the barbecue and now it’s time to put your feet up while gazing out at the sea and mountains. What a way to spend a Christmas break. Located in Whangarei Heads, the bach is near the sea and close to walking tracks. Simple and understated but with incredible views, it’s a good place to let time slip away.