Our Love Affair with the Beach

If you’ve ever thought about building by the beach, this guide will show you how to get started. #newhome #newhousenz #houseplans #homedesigns

If you’ve ever been stuck in the traffic jam that plagues the Auckland motorway at the beginning and end of a long weekend, you’ll know that Kiwis love to get out of town for those three days. And, it’s not just Auckland – a similar exodus happens from other major cities around the country. Where are they all going? It’s summer, so probably to one of New Zealand’s many beaches.

It’s not entirely clear how or when New Zealanders love affair with the beach began. Picnicking at the beach became fashionable in the early 1900s, and by the 1920s swimming had become popular. Nowadays, beach activities include the familiar sight of children with buckets and spades building sandcastles; sunbathers reading; families picnicking; dog owners walking; beachcombers collecting driftwood and shells; and the more energetic playing cricket and volleyball, or in the sea – swimming or body-, board-, wind- or kite-surfing.

So, which are our favourite New Zealand beaches? Well, it depends who you ask. In December 2017, Stuff NZ asked that very question and the list was long and varied. Of course, a few jokers claimed some of the suggested beaches were, in fact, ‘awful’ or ‘dreadful’ – obviously a ploy to deter the tourist hoards. You can read the article here.

While some of your fellow travellers will be preparing to camp for the weekend or to stay in rented accommodation, many others will be heading to a holiday house or bach.

The Kiwi bach (or crib if you’re down south) has been an iconic part of our culture, especially since the middle of last century. Traditionally, they were a humble affair – often built using recycled and left-over material, without power, sewerage or running water, and furnished very basically. Over time, these rough-and-ready dwellings were replaced by homes that met the stricter building restrictions that came into force by the end of the 1900s.

Nowadays, the holiday house is likely to be modern and have all the amenities of home. While the iconic Kiwi bach may have all but disappeared, Kiwis’ fascination with and love for the beach lifestyle continues. For many New Zealanders, summer holidays at the beach ­– sun, sand and sea – are fond childhood memories that they want to recreate for their own children.

If you’re ready to build your dream holiday home, contact Landmark Homes. We’ve designed and built holiday homes in some of New Zealand’s top holiday spots. If you’ve found the perfect section, our Design and Build option will help you make the most of the site’s contours and views. If there’s already a bach on the site, we can talk you through our Remove and Rebuild option.

Owning a holiday home – where family and friends can gather to enjoy the best of beach culture for years to come – may be easier than you think. Contact Landmark Homes today.