We stayed at the Hahei Holiday Resort for a few nights in February 2011. We had a basic cabin, which was just a double bed, a set of bunks, a cupboard, a table and chairs and a little fridge. It was pretty basic but we were trying to save money and the value seemed to be pretty good. The cabin was fine, we didn't have any noise troubles from neighbours and we were in a shady spot. The bed was basic but pretty comfortable. We had windows at front and back which we could open to get a breeze going through. We had a nice little balcony with table and chairs which ended up being where we spent most of our time. If we went back there we might decide to upgrade and get something with a kitchen and maybe a bathroom, too. It doesn't cost that much more.
We were given a crate full of kitchen equipment so we could use the communal kitchen to cook our meals. There was a school camp on when we were there and they took up half the kitchen with their stuff so it was a little cramped but everything worked fine and it was pretty clean. There were plenty of BBQs but some of them didn't work too well. We learnt not to bother trying to cook a nice steak! The showers were also pretty busy from the school camp but again they were very clean.
The staff were relatively helpful but the man who checked us in seemed very tired. We were able to borrow a spade form them to go to Hot Water Beach which was nice. We did think they would have a roaring trade if they were to open a shop there selling just the basics. Hahei has a little general store and a few cafes but that's about it. If you want more you need to go to Whitianga or Tairua.
The best thing about this location is that you are about 30 seconds walk from the beach. We loved being able to walk along the beach in the morning and evening. Unfortunately it was a bit rainy when we were there and not a day for swimming but it's a beautiful beach, very protected and calm waters. We would have loved to do the walk to Cathedral Cove but it was closed due to storm damage. You can still get there by kayak but it costs a bit because you can't just rent a kayak and go on your own, you have do a tour.
All up Hahei is a really idyllic little spot. Calmer waters than Hot Water Beach, way prettier than Cooks Beach and more peaceful than Whitianga. The holiday park is a great place to stay there if you are on a budget. We'd definitely go back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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