A “bach” on the edge of Hokianga Harbour in Northland, New Zealand.
A bach is a small, often very modest holiday home or beach house. Alternatively called a crib in the South Island, they 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. “Bach” was originally short for bachelor pad, but actually they often tended to be a family holiday home.
One humorous definition of the bach is “something you built yourself, on land you don’t own, out of materials you borrowed or stole.”
Submitted by Lindsay Evans.