Monday, March 15, 2010

Kiwi Bach ... aka, A Great Escape

A bach is a Kiwi holiday house. Even though I've heard that they are called bachs on the North Island and cribs on the South Island, my friend who owns one in Colac Bay (south of Queenstown) calls his a bach. This is his really cool bach not far from the beach. I love that bach with it's separate sleep-out, an outdoor pizza oven, a sauna, a hot tub, an outdoor shower, and two outdoor fire pits. It's the ultimate fun house and up for holiday rental if anyone is keen.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Celebrating at the furthest point South ... almost

For my birthday this year, it was a trip south to Colac Bay. Colac Bay is about a 3 hour drive from Queenstown to the bottom of the South Island. A friend has an awesome bach there about a street back from the beach that we were given access to. I'll post photos of the bach separately because I LOVE it. I actually want that house, and it is for sale. It's also for holiday rental. Colac Bay is a little surf town near Riverton. I'd been there before, but it was cold and drizzly then. On this visit, it was glorious, as you can see from the photos!

Another friend is a part owner of a large section of land on the point at Colac Bay. He gave us access to the land. All we had to do was check-in with the farmer that lives on and works the land ... and make sure we closed all gates we entered to make sure the cattle didn't get out. From here one can look out across the ocean and see Stewart Island in the distance. It made a perfect spot for a beach picnic that included paua freshly plucked from the sea.