The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Hahei Oceanfront

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Raewyn and Joe Whitham
23 Wigmore Crescent, Hahei, Whitianga, Coromandel

Tel: + 64 (0)7-866-3199
Cell: + 64 (0)274-753-301
Fax: + 64 (0)7-866-3198

I arrived early and made my usual bumbling English apologies, but Raewyn and Joe were totally unperturbed. Within minutes we were settling down with good coffee and Raewyn’s home-made and wickedly moreish shortbread.....

.... We sat in the centrepiece of this minimalist home, a huge lounge with white sofas and day-beds, lined on most sides with local art and with a huge deck with views down to the beach only yards away. It really is the most stunning setting and the house an architect's delight, even more picture-perfect than its photograph suggests. My room was simply but skilfully turned out with beautiful framed photos of nearby Cathedral Cove on the walls and a multitude of pillows and cushions piled on the bed. The en-suite bathroom caught my eye too, with its border of paua shells set into the tiles and the ocean-green sink raised above the counter. Even swankier than this, the Whithams are particularly, and rightly, proud of the suite, with its living room and deck and 180-degree views. There's a new, well-protected courtyard with an outdoor fireplace and it catches every last ray of the setting sun, should you want a change from sundowners on the deck. Raewyn and Joe are perfect hosts and will gladly fill you in on the best spots to dine, boat and bathe on the peninsula. Back at the house later that night, I stepped outside to marvel at the clearest of night skies, full of stars, before falling into bed and being lulled to sleep by the soft crumping of ocean waves.

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Rooms: 3: 1 suite with king and en/s bath and shower; 1 superking/twin with en/s shower; 1 king with en/s shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included.
Directions: From Tairua follow SH25 and turn right into Hot Water Beach Road. Follow signs to Hahei. First right into Pa Road, then first left into Wigmore Crescent. House at end of crescent on right.

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