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The living is very laid-back at this ’50s bach, which plays host in classic Kiwi style. When hunting for a bach on the coast north of Auckland, Joanna and Neil Cowie had one main requirement: simple pleasures. The property they found near Matakana fit the bill. “We took a drive up from Auckland to look at this place one weekend, and when I hopped out of the car and spotted a flock of quail darting around, I was sold,” says Jo. The location got a second tick when the keen birdwatcher noticed the abundant birdlife in the otherwise quiet street. “The Tawharanui Open Sanctuary has brought a lot of different species to the area,” she says. “We get kererū, korimako, kookaburras and kākā, and at night we can even hear kiwi.” The two-bedroom 1950s cottage was also exactly what the couple had been looking for, and that it was only a 50-minute drive from their home on Auckland’s North Shore made it even more appealing. In true bach fashion, the couple’s renovation project wasn’t about …