Coromandel getting a fair share of Aucklanders’ bach bookings

16 Nov 2021

Coromandel getting a fair share of Aucklanders’ bach bookings

Holiday hotspots are set to benefit from a surge in the number of Aucklanders booking domestic travel, according to new data.

New figures from Bachcare, New Zealand’s largest holiday home management firm, show a 108 percent increase in bookings during 4 November to 10 November over the week prior - marking the busiest week of bookings for Aucklanders since the most recent Covid-19 lockdown began in August. In comparison, bookings for travellers from outside of Auckland were up 34 percent over the same two-week period.

Zaina Razzaq, spokesperson for Bachcare, says the data suggests Aucklanders are growing increasingly confident that the borders will reopen in time for the summer holidays. “Auckland is the single largest source of revenue for most of the domestic travel and tourism industry at the moment and has been navigating a high level of uncertainty in recent months,” she says. “We know that the signals from the government are providing an increasing level of confidence that Aucklanders will be able to travel at Christmas and as a result we have seen a surge in the number of bookings over the past week.”

Zaina says Aucklanders typically book summer bach stays at holiday hotspots within driving distance of where they live - particularly in the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Northland and Waikato areas. “While there is plenty of activity in the regions adjacent to Auckland with areas such as the Coromandel making up over a quarter (27 percent) of bookings, we are also seeing a segment of [people] opting to stay closer to home in areas such as Matakana (8 percent) and Waiheke Island (6 percent),” she says.

According to Bachcare, traditionally the top 10 summer bach destinations for Aucklanders are Pauanui, Matarangi, Waihi Beach, Cooks Beach (pictured), Mt Maunganui, Mangawhai Heads, Matapouri, Raglan, Hahei and Whangapoua.