I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that New Zealanders build the best beach houses. This is a big concession coming from an Australian. We pride ourselves on understanding the beach culture and our architects are some of the world's best but it just seems that the Kiwi's just do it better with the bach. For those of you who don't know bach is the kiwi for beach house. But it means more than just the building. It's the memories. It's the summer days and the salt spray and the barbeques and the fun. It's about summer rituals and roughing it and making do and fishing and wet swimsuits and sandy towels. Even when it's a luxury bach. It's stunning but it is still not overly precious. After all it really is about the sand and sea and the view and those long days with family and friends. A series of connected pavilions on a dramatic site at Kuaotunu by Auckland based architects Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan.