Moanarua is a lovely character cottage owned by a friendly Maori couple and only a 100 metres walk to beach. Taroi and Miria are a very hospitable couple and we enjoyed very much joining them for a drink plus nibbles on their balcony and leaning their views from the Maori perspective.
After this we walked to Ohope Beach where Miria lent me her boogie board to catch a few waves and Taroi easily obtained some "mussels" like Pippies from the sand below the surf. Our only regret is we didn't stay longer to avail ourselves of the options such as fishing with Taroi or using kayaks or going on Sunset Cruise. Will stay longer next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Naumai, haere mai, welcome to a unique Maori cultural experience in a romantic hideaway nestled in award winning gardens between the ocean and the harbour in sunny Ohope. Widely travelled we love sharing stories over complimentary drinks and nibbles. The cottage is fully self contained with King and Single beds, kitchen, en-suite, own entrance and patio area. The Queen room in our home has own toilet and vanity - share other bathroom facilities. Relax in the spa or on loungers in the garden, have a bbq or hangi with us. Continental breakfast for all visitors. Boat cruises, culture/historic cruises, kayak and bike hire. ... more less
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