Raglan’s one of two “hot” new destinations around the country this summer, if figures released by holiday home booking website Bookabach are an accurate guide.
The town’s climbed five spots to claim third place in Bookabach’s top 10 list — a feat bettered only by Lake Wanaka in leaping seven spots from last year to take second place behind Whangamata, which retains its crown for the fourth year in a row.
Bookabach boss Peter Miles says booked nights for the top 10 destinations were up 25 per cent this summer, a good indicator that bach holidays are more popular than ever for Kiwis looking for the perfect summer getaway.
“Staying at a bach remains an economical holiday option, with rentals in areas like Raglan providing great value at an average of $184 per night,” he says.
Raglan’s average nightly rate was the lowest of Bookabach’s top 10 destinations, with Whangamata $274 per night, Lake Wanaka $321, and Oneroa and Queenstown the costliest at $457 and $428 respectively.
Trailing Raglan in the Bookabach popularity stakes this summer were — in order — Waihi Beach, Whitianga, Taupo central, Mangawhai Heads, Queenstown, Mt Maunganui and Oneroa.
Meanwhile Bachcare, which promotes itself as New Zealand’s leading national full-service holiday home rental and management company under the slogan “it’s all taken care of”, says it has experienced a noticeable increase in bookings in Raglan for the past two summers.