Whangamata still favourite spot to rent a bach

By Yvonne Tahana

Whangamata has cemented itself as the top summer holiday spot for the fifth year running. Photo / Brian Pittams
Whangamata has cemented itself as the top summer holiday spot for the fifth year running. Photo / Brian Pittams

Whangamata has cemented itself as the top summer holiday spot for the fifth year running, according to home booking website Bookabach.

The site measures total nights booked across the 6604 homes which belong to its site across nearly six weeks, December 1 to January 11. Kiwi holidaymakers booked 2506 nights at the Coromandel town, beating Wanaka which was booked for 2222 nights, a record which meant it retained second.

Bookabach CEO Peter Miles said average rental prices for the top 10 destinations increased by 5 per cent to $326 per night.

Luxury getaways in Queenstown and Waiheke Island remained high on the agenda with renters willing to pay an average nightly rental of $440 or above for those locations.

"Holidaymakers, probably many of them Aucklanders, were happy to pay an average of $466 per night for a place at Oneroa to get away from the city during the Christmas and New Year break," Mr Miles said.

"Raglan is still great value at an average of $201 per night."

Top five
Destinations by nights booked on website Bookabach (Dec 1 to Jan 11)

2506 Whangamata
2222 Lake Wanaka
1847 Mangawhai Heads
1711 Whitianga
1666 Mt Maunganui

- NZ Herald

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