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Headlands Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Opunake B&B and Inns
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

It would be easy to miss this place if you are just passing through and looking for a decent meal. We were pointed in the right direction by the nice man in the surfer shop at the top of the road. The place was clean bright and quiet. The food was excellent and just what we were needing.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Thank-you for taking the time to write a review on your recent meal at Headlands Hotel Restaurant and Cafe. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your overall dining experience, we appreciate the positive feedback. Also wonderful to hear that you were pointed in the right direction by another local business!
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We had made no plans for accommodation during our recent first trip to the Taranaki.
Driving through New Plymouth we decided to drive on as it did not appeal to us.

In Opunake we found the Headlands Hotel.
We were offered a ground floor room.
Very spacious, well appointed, functional and clean.

We stayed in for dinner and were served by two friendly members of the team.

We slept well, and were surprised how incredibly quiet the place was. You could hear a pin drop. No noise from outside whatsoever.

The location is excellent, very close to the beach.
Also, Mount Taranaki is close by with probably 30 km to the nearest access point, Dawson Falls.

Nice, friendly place.
Can recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review Headlands Hotel. I'm glad you found us on your journey around the Taranaki Coastline. Opunake is a great spot away from the bustle of a city, where you can be as adventurous or a lazy as you wish. We are happy you found Headlands to be a peaceful place to rest your head, yet close enough to the sea and mountain to have some fun. We thank you for your kind review. Regards from the Team at Headlands.
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Shardlow, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Only stayed one night here but really impressed. We had a ground floor unit which was modern, spacious, well equipped and spotless. It is only 2 minutes walk from the beach which looks brilliant for surfers and just 5 minutes walk from town. The staff are brilliant and could not do enough for you. We had lunch and dinner in the restaurant and it was absolutely superb. I would definitely recommend The Headlands Hotel to anyone. Great price too at $120. Two very happy Brits.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for your review, you have made us all smile with your kind words. We are pleased you had an enjoyable stay and meals with us. We too believe we are in a great location with easy walks to beach and shops. Thank you!!
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Just stayed there for the weekend.
The location is great, very close to the beach and walkways etc. Short walk into town.
The rooms (two adjoining Villa rooms) were very large, modern, clean and well equipped. The TV was small with very limited channels. It would be nice to have an outdoor garden/sitting area to be able to sit and have a coffee in the brilliant Taranaki sunshine! The windows had no security stays so we had to close them whenever we went out.
We had dinner in the restaurant which was great, excellent service and excellent cafe style food. Our coffee the next morning was great too.
Overall, a great place to stay. Very nice rooms in a lovely place with great Kiwi service.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we do appreciate it. Its great you enjoyed your stay and meals with us. The weather was fantastic over that weekend, and I'm glad you had a great time down at Opunake's beautiful beach. Thanks also for the feedback regarding some outdoor seating for the rooms, something we will definitely look into.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

New Years day 2012 on a scenic drive around Mt Taranaki we stopped at Headlands at Opunake to see what was on offer for lunch. We were impressed, not only with the food selection, but also the decor, which included the comfort of the dining chairs , the blending of colours and the wonderful wall hangings. And it was a pleasure to make use of a bathroom (the men's anyway) that had obviously been well planned and laid out. It was also immaculately clean.
For lunch I'll recommend the paua fritters - the presentation is exquisite and they are truly delectable plus if you like a decent culpa then there is 'lemon/ginger/honey tea. We will be back next time we are down this way. If you call in I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thanks for taking the time stop in for lunch and also for writing a review. We have recently changed over to our new summer menu, and the Paua Fritters are very popular! I'm glad you enjoyed them. Kind regards, Clare.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Surprised to get this quality of hotel in this area, and at a good price. When we booked for our family of 5, they offered us three rooms at a very good price. So we had plenty of space, and all the rooms were well appointed, clean, comfortable, quiet and pleasant. A short walk to everything (of course), handy to the walkway and beach. Has its own restaurant which is pricey, but good, fresh ingredients and convenient.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad your family had a great stay with us and that you found us to be in a great location with easy walks to beach and shops. Thanks also for taking the time to review us, much appreciated.
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Called in to Headlands today for a quick bite to eat and coffee.......My husband and I were very impressed with the friendly and attentive staff and more than happy with our food and drinks.The menu had a nice range of food and drinks to choose from and a good range of alcoholic drinks.
We both had toasted sandwiches which were served hot and tasty. The coffee (Trim Latte) I had was the best coffee I have had anywhere and believe me, I have had a few in our travels.....My husband thought his Caramel Milkshake was one of the nicest he has had anywhere.
The restaurant is spacious and well maintained and it was good to see a staff member after clearing away dishes on the table to actually clean the table down with a spray bottle of cleaner.
The toilets are spotlessly clean and tidy.
I have to say that Headlands is a credit to the owners and staff and a pleasure to visit. I would highly recommend Headlands.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2012
Thank you for stopping in at Headlands and taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your coffee and milkshake. We do have a great team of barista's here. I have passed your lovely comments on to staff and we hope to see you out this way again in the future.... Kind regards Clare Moss (Receptionist)
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Property: Headlands Hotel
Address: 4 Havelock Street, Opunake 4616, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > Opunake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Opunake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Headlands Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay at Surf Highway 45's only Luxury Accommodation on the coast, just 100 metres from Opunake beach. Relax in our luxury suites with sunrise/sunset, mountain and sea views or massage your senses in a 16-jet hydrotherapy whirlpool bath. Our Restaurant/Cafe provides a relaxing atmosphere for casual or intimate evening dining catering for everyone’s taste. Open 7days from 9am - late for brunch, lunch or dinner.Take a breather in fresh sea spray air or the warmth of our cosy, charming hospitality. ... more   less 
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