My partner and I stayed at Postmasters as a base for the Hokianga Country Music Festival. Originally we had planned accommodation at the Masonic Hotel just across the road, but as some festival acts would likely be playing until the early hours of Sunday morning, we thought of somewhere a little quieter in case we needed rest. We were basically there to see a friend who played in one of the bands. If he hadn't mentioned the festival about 3 weeks earlier, it is unlikely we would have even gone to Rawene. So it was a happy unintended discovery
Although the Masonic was virtually a stone's throw away, we did not hear music drifting across to Postmasters so we had a good night's sleep (and we were even in the front room!) Postmasters is an older style boutique hotel, with surroundings reminiscent of another time when the world didn't move at the kind of pace we have to contend with today. Ideal for relaxation and indulging your creative instincts. There is also a huge collection of books for avid readers.
John and Dorothy were excellent hosts, we particularly enjoyed engaging in conversation over a delicious Sunday morning breakfast. The only point that my partner made was that she thought the portions were on the small side. I thought they were just right. We did not try the dinner menu but there is always next time. John and Dorothy regard Rawene as their "little piece of paradise" and I, for one, would not disagree. We had hoped to be returning for Labour Weekend, however due to other circumstances this will not be possible. However, it is definitely on my list to revisit in the new year. The Masonic pub also has a friendly atmosphere, and being with only about 12 other people watching the band Maria's Hot Property play on a Sunday morning was the highlight of the festival for us! Nice to get away from the crowds and louder music. Can't guarantee this kind of atmosphere will happen again until the same time next year though!
So, if you want to get away from it all, I would highly recommend Postmasters and the Hokianga. The main part of Rawene is very compact, a doddle on foot, right on the water, with a car and passenger ferry to take you to places like Kohukohu and beyond on the northern side of the harbour. And Opononi is a mere 20 minutes away by car. Speaking of the ferry, it is normally $20 one way, but you can buy a 5-trip concession for only $30 - and it doesn't have a time limit. You save money even on your first return trip, how good a deal is that? Ideal if you're day-tripping to Kohukohu which is also a nice place to visit.