Sweet Lake Bach

bach (pronounced ‘batch’) (/ˈbæ/; (also called a crib in the southern half of the South Island) is a small, often very modest holiday home or beach house. Baches are an iconic part of New Zealand history and culture, especially in the middle of the 20th century, where they symbolized the beach holiday lifestyle that was becoming more accessible to the middle class


map of Nelson Lakes on the wall; the view from the living room window; a sun-drenched kitchen; cutting carrots

If you’re ever in the neighborhood of St. Arnaud, Nelson Lakes region of the South Island of New Zealand, you should stop in at my favorite bach yet: Dik’s Cottage. Don’t be put off by the name.

This is a darling, rustic, perfect little house.

Two bedrooms (one queen, one bunks) and a loft (queen), open living space, two decks, completely surrounded by native bush and with views of the mountains. From 4 in the morning until late at night there are birds singing and fluttering by the windows.

The water is all collected rainwater, you have to take your trash with you and clean as you walk out the door. The driveway is practically unnavigable and its decor is dated

and I love everything about it.

During our two days there we walked to the lake to see eels and played Scrabble and ate together at the long wooden table and listened to music and the kids played guitar and electric piano and the master bed is majorly uncomfortable and it is perfect.

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kiwi zone!!; Scrabble with my newest little reader; happiness by Lake Rotoiti; no fishing for eels
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Cal and Ev on the dock



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