The beaches, coves, and seaside villages around Hahei make for a great day of exploring—or lounging. If you're craving a true beach vacation, consider basing yourself in Hahei rather than in Whitianga. From Hahei, you can easily reach Cathedral Cove, the Purangi Estuary, Cooks Beach, Flaxmill Bay (where the little passenger ferry crosses to Whitianga township); the famous Hot Water Beach is only minutes away.
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