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The Church Accommodation
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All reviewsthe cottageshot water beachself contained cottagehahei beachnew zealandprivate gardenbreakfast traypeaceful place to stayon sitebeautiful cottagerestaurant next doorsmall kitchenettelow tidelocal areacomfy bedlate checkthoroughly enjoyed our stay
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

The Church is just a really beautiful quiet property with scenic gardens, and just a very rustic vibe. It's in a good central location, within a short driving distance to hot water beach and cathedral cove (walkable). It's about ten minutes walking distance to the beach, which is gorgeous. Hahei in general is just a really peaceful, beautiful place.

Our room / cottage was very spacious, with a free parking spot located right out front. Reception is just a short walk away, and times are posted for when it is appropriate to visit both hot water beach and cathedral cove. We happened to get there just as reception was closing, but the lady at the desk was really gracious, and she showed us to our room before closing down for the night.

The room was a little bit cold when we got there (just because it was cold outside to begin with), but there is a little room heater that helps to create a bit of warmth. Wifi was not the strongest, and the room did not have a TV, so the place was more of a 'getaway' from reality than we expected. Not really a big deal since we were only there for one night.

Located right next door is a restaurant - also called the Church (and located inside an old church). The food here is excellent, and we would absolutely recommend it seeing that is a skip and a hop away from where you are staying.

Once again, this was a very beautiful place and we were glad we stayed here!

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank rwyhuang
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TheChurchHahei, Owner at The Church Accommodation, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

HI Guys- thanks for your review. We'll be sure to pass your comments onto Jemma in reception and the guys in the restaurant. Hope fully we will see you again another time.

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

This was my favorite place to stay over my 2 week stay in New Zealand with my wife. It has nice facilities, a beautiful garden and wonderful staff. We have a breakfast tray brought up the night before so we could have breakfast in bed before watching the sunrise at cathedral cove. I would love to go back but would stay longer and enjoy this wonderful spot.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nick W
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TheChurchHahei, Owner at The Church Accommodation, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2016

Hey Nick- thanks for your fantastic review! We're stoked you thought so highly of us and loved our breakfast and sunrise at the cove!. We look forward to seeing you back here another time- for a longer stay!!

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

we love this cottage so much ! good place to stay if you plan to visit hot water beach and cathedral cove. beach towel is provided. the staff is nice and the room is cozy. should stay there for more days.

Stayed: December 2016
Thank KA H
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TheChurchHahei, Owner at The Church Accommodation, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2016

Thanks so much for your review!

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Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our three nights in a Garden Cottage. The gardens were lovely and the cottage had everything you need. The area is just stunning. We particularly enjoyed eating at nearby Hot Waves Cafe at Hot Water Beach and the Cathedral Cove Kayak trip. Hot Water Beach was okay but a bit manic - we probably should have timed it to try and avoid a weekend. We enjoyed the short walk up to the two 'ha' at the south end of the beach and the swing at the very end of the beach. We ate at The Church Restaurant one night and it was quite good. My mussels were delicious but the place wasn't particularly atmospheric - felt like a bit of a barn inside.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
Thank Sue V
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TheChurchHahei, Owner at The Church Accommodation, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2016

Hey Sue- Thanks so much for your review and comments on our gardens- we think they are lovely as well:).
We do agree that HotWater Beach can be prety maic- our advice is to time your visit with a low tide that occurs around sunrise- that is a beautiful time to be at the beach and you're guaranteed no crowds :)

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

We stayed at the Church Accommodation for two nights during our honeymoon in New Zealand -- and it was by far our favorite place! Our hosts were friendly and had tips about great local hikes and eats, and the property is only a short walk to beautiful Hahei Beach. We also used Hahei as a base for travels to nearby Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach -- it's all very accessible. Each room / cabin at the Church is cozy and would be a comfortable stay for families and couples alike.

Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jeff S
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TheChurchHahei, Owner at The Church Accommodation, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2016

Hi Jeff- thanks for your review, and for giving us your best accommodation award!
Hope you both enjoyed the rest of your honeymoon!

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