The Church B&B might not give you as fantastic a view of the sea or coast as other establishments situated higher up in the hills but no matter, you've got your car/campervan to get up to lookout points and hiking routes along the coast anyway .
We arrived later than our indicated time of check-in and were slightly alarmed to find that the office was closed, but were promptly met by Richard who informed us that we could just move right into our studio unit. A parking lot right in front of our unit had been considerately reserved for us.
The studio unit was really quaint what with all the wooden structures and was spacious with sufficient chairs and tables for you to dump your stuff as well as a little window seat. The mattress was firm, bedsheets were clean, and pillows were soft and fluffy. Falling asleep is definitely not going to be a problem. Hot water was a concern since we were there in Autumn but this wasn't a problem. The shower jet pressure was top class and the temperature could be adjusted as desired. The bathroom might be a bit small for those more used to hotel-sized bathrooms but it's definitely sufficient. It's at the front of the unit so opening up the ventilation window might rob you of some privacy but it's a small matter. The compound was really quiet and serene even though there were quite a few other tourists. We were alone all the time we spent in our backyard gardens. The nightsky is amazing in Hahei.
We didn't try the food at the Church as it proved a tad pricey for our budgets. Food could be a problem in Hahei if you're not preparing your own since there're only 3-4 eateries clustered together and these aren't exactly cheap, BUT, they're good.
There isn't a smorgasboard of breakfast items but if you're not expecting a 10-course breakfast you'll do just fine. Service is intimate and you get the family coming by asking you what sort of beverages you want (juices, coffee, and tea aren't on display buffet-style but this makes them fresher). There's a variety of cereal and lovely awesome cranberry home-baked muffins but nothing along the lines of a big kiwi breakfast e.g., eggs, bacon etc. You might want to get to breakfast early as the breakfast room isn't exactly huge and can probably fit at most 15-20 pple at a time? There's outdoor seating too but in colder weather that's not really an option...
We didn't need to use any of the facilities The Church provided as Hahei was our first stop in New Zealand and we still had plenty of clean clothes but there were washing machines, an internet station, a tour desk, dryers etc. There's also a kayaking company directly opposite the accomodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Scattered amongst 1.5 Acres of established gardens and native trees, close to the natural wonders of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, The Church complex consists of 11 rustic and spacious wooden cottages along with 1 three-bedroom house suitable for larger groups. All our cottages have Queen-size beds with ensuite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the peaceful gardens. Some of our largest cottages are equipped with kitchens and woodfires for cosy winter stays. They can also accommodate up to two extra guests. Our 3 bedroom house has a full kitchen, woodfire, BBQ, private garden and balcony. It can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Church Hotel Hahei