In New Zealand, a holiday getaway place is commonly called a bach (pronounced batch). What usually comes to mind when one talks about a bach is a fairly straightforward affair, maybe just a couple of rooms, quite low-maintenance, and rather uncomplicated, but comfortable and friendly. There’s a website called rentabach.com, where an impressive range of available baches can be found, with a whole spectrum of features, from simple to luxurious. Following Batty’s wedding, a group of us spent varying portions of the next week at a bach that she located on the website, in the community of Matapouri, on the North Island’s east coast, a few hours’ drive north of Auckland. This is a lovely part of the country, very quiet and with a beautiful, sandy beach. It’s also a great base from which to explore other points of interest—more about that in future posts. But today I’d like to take you to the country just outside our door, in Matapouri. This may not be everyone’s idea of the ideal honeymoon, but Batty is a most generous person and was delighted to share her first week as a newlywed with family and friends. The weather was wonderful, the sea warm enough to swim in quite comfortably, and a truly grand time was had by all!