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Headlands Hotel
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Headlands Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Opunake B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 January 2014

My partner treated me to a night at the Headlands following horrid motel in Foxton the night before. It is quite pricey, but well worth it! I was so impressed! Beautifully kept rooms, great views, good showers, friendly staff. We also had dinner and breakfast at the hotel, best meals we had in the area by far! A win win situation, my partner enjoys great surf close by, I get to stay in lovely hotel :)

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2014

Thank you for your great review. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay and dining experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you’re passing through Opunake.

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Reviewed 17 December 2013

I booked accommodation here for two adults and a toddler.
The self catering room was just the right size for us to stay for four nights. We arrived later than originally expected on night one but the staff were super friendly and showed us to our room. They suggested if we didn't want to cook for ourselves we could order something from the onsite restaurant and they would happily bring it to our room. Despite it being a Thursday night and getting close to closing time for the restaurant we did in fact order dinner.
Have to say it was one of the best meals we had during our stay in NZ. (Highly recommend the Belly Pork dish!)

Location is great as the beach is only a 5 minute walk and there was a really nice playground and paddling pool there for our 3yo.

They do appear to have groups stop for meals at the restaurant but we didn't hear any excessive noise from the main building.
Also, as Opunake is a relatively quiet little place there was no street noise from outside either.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Kiwi_Blokarts
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2013

What a lovely review - thank you! Our chef is over the moon to hear you enjoyed the Pork Belly dish which was only recently added to our new summer menu. Can’t help but agree with your comment about location, especially re the park and paddling pool, a community facility that a lot of visitors to Opunake with small children really enjoy. Hope you had a pleasant trip home and the weather isn’t too cold in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

this was our first visit to the Headlands, one of those places you say you must try but never get around to it.So glad we did.the hotel room was geat and the staff very helpful.
The restaraunt was very good ,only problem was they ran out of the wildcard special , but other than that hard to fault.
The location is very close to the beach , and very quiet , overall if you want a relaxed get away from it all weekend give them a try .

Room Tip: all rooms are good, room 5 is great
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Angela H
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2013

Thank-you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Headlands Hotel and recommendation to future guests. Lovely to hear that you had a relaxing time with us and enjoyed your meal in the restaurant. Apologies that we were not able to serve the wildcard dish that evening, our wildcard specials are often very popular. We look forward to welcoming you back should you be passing through Opunake again in future.

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Reviewed 2 August 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, travelled with family
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 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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Reviewed 15 June 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, travelled as a couple
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 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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Reviewed 12 February 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, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ray S
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 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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Reviewed 6 January 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, travelled with family
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1  Thank Glyn T
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Headlandshotel, Front Office Manager at Headlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 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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Additional Information about Headlands Hotel

Address: 4 Havelock Street, Opunake 4616, New Zealand
Region: 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: £69 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Headlands Hotel 3.5*
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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