PHOTO: HELEN BANKERS/YOUR HOME AND GARDEN/BAUER MEDIA After spontaneously purchasing a dreamy section on Awhitu Peninsula, Emma Macdonald’s family planned and built a modular bach designed for many summers to come.

This story was originally published by Your Home and Garden and is republished with permission.

Stretching northwards into the Manukau Harbour is the hilly, green Awhitu Peninsula, a rugged, rural place that, as the crow flies, lies only a short distance from central Auckland but feels a lot further away.

Like many coastal areas of New Zealand, the drive into this sleepy district reveals streets devoid of footpaths and dotted with quirky letterboxes and pastel-coloured, mid-century baches.