Otago baches cheap – well, mostly

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

It might not be known for its soar­ing tem­per­a­tures, but if you want a cheaper and less crowded sum­mer hol­i­day next year, fig­ures sug­gest you should head down south. Dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod be­tween De­cem­ber 20 and Jan­uary 5, hol­i­day home rental web­site Book­abach recorded 50,397 stays at baches and cribs na­tion­wide. The most pop­u­lar re­gions over­all were North­land, at­tract­ing 15.2 per cent of all visi­tors, fol­lowed by Auck­land (13.1), the Coro­man­del (11.9) and Bay of Plenty (11.3). Th­ese were also some of the most ex­pen­sive re­gions. Baches in the Bay of Plenty cost on av­er­age $270 a night, Auck­land $252 and North­land $244. While ac­com­mo­da­tion

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the lux­u­ri­ous Queen­stown-Lakes re­gion came out most ex­pen­sive at $303 a night, neigh­bour­ing South Is­land re­gions were the most af­ford­able in the coun­try. A stay in Otago cost on av­er­age $129 a night, the West Coast $130 and South­land $145. Th­ese re­gions were also among the least pop­u­lar – West Coast and South­land at­tracted only 1.3 per cent and 1.4 per cent of visi­tors re­spec­tively. The data could be use­ful for those al­ready think­ing about where to go next Christ­mas and New Year, Book­abach gen­eral man­ager Peter Miles said. ‘‘Pro­vided you can get there eas­ily, West Coast and South­land are two great op­tions for bud­get­con­scious hol­i­day­mak­ers.’’

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