i have stayed here 3x this year, March, June and July, and Hahei is possibly my favourite place on earth. Start the day with an awesome sunrise over the Pacific, possibly having the beach to yourself, then get out on the cliffs and walk. Aside from the picture postcard Cathedral Cove there are numerous sites and sights in the area that are a photographer's dream (plus a lot of wildlife).Snorkeller or diver? This IS paradise. Aslo scope for kayaking and boat rides, swimming, beach sunbathing..... So far as the town-village, yes, to what other reviewers said- bring supplies as there is a small shop for the basics and not much more (and fill up with petrol on the main highway). I have camped here twice and also tried out one of the small villas, and the place is pretty well set up- i have paid a lot more in NZ elsewhere, and had a lot less in return- and yes, with regard to another review here, when you have a view of the sea that is quite priceless then it is going to cost you a bit more (in the UK, where i come from, it would cost a fortune), but there is nothing to stop you paying less to camp behind the dunes and then walk 20 metres to admire the scenery, and you can be beautifully serenaded by Tuis from anywhere on site, it is a pretty bushy green camping area. What makes this place is the really helpful and friendly staff, plus Mr Popsie the cat, who is a charmer. In high season it is probably rammed, but there is a lot of coast to explore and get away from the crowds. Delightful, and i just love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience beautiful Hahei Beach in a Sea View Villa, Garden Studio or Beach Bungalow. Also available are comfortable cabins,large powered sites and tent sites.Walk along the beach to Cathedral Cove or collect a spade from the big reception office for constructing the natural spa bath at Hotwater Beach. ... more less
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