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#138866 20-Jan-2014 11:29
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Hey all,

I'm taking the family (wife and two little ones) on a holiday to the Coromandel Peninsula in March.

I've never been up there before.  Can anyone recommend a bach to stay at?

We'd prefer somewhere really quiet, within walking distance from a family friendly beach and in an area that has a supermarket or a good store.

Sky and internet would be a bonus but not a requirement :-)

Our budget is $150 per night.

I'm thinking somewhere around Cooks beach or Whitianga?  From what I've read they sound like nice areas.

Any advice would be much appreciated.


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  #969959 20-Jan-2014 11:48
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I have never rented a bach up there but have camped and bludged plenty.

Whangapoua is very nice (no supermarket but it does have a dairy)
Whitianga I don't like so much but it would probably be one of the cheapest.
Cooks beach is nice 
Hahei is amazing
Tairua beach is okay

what about this place?




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  #970108 20-Jan-2014 16:27
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My vote goes to Whangamata - great spot. Has a surf beach plus a neat estuary for the littlies. Supermarket, cinema, lots of cafes.

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  #970184 20-Jan-2014 18:01
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Whitianga and Whangamata both have supermarkets. Tairua has a nice Harbour but a steep and dangerous ocean beach (imo). Pauanui has a superette and a good harbour and ocean beach, but is expensive and I would definitely arrive with a full tank of petrol as the local (only) petrol station charges 15c a litre above the going rate in Whangamata or Whitianga.
Cooks Beach and Hahei are both good and relatively close to Whitianga.
Don't forget to stop at Hotwater Beach, but be warned the beach has some serious rips and it's best to stick with the hotpools if you have little kids.
Allow plenty of time for the drive as the road can be very winding in places.

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  #970188 20-Jan-2014 18:08
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We holiday in Cooks Beach all the time. Great safe beach for little ones. Estuary at each end is very popular with young families (snorkeling, swimming, kayaks etc), and a lot quieter than the likes of Whangamata...depends what you are after of course. Only a small store, takeaways, restaurant, and wholesaler. Restaurant makes a mean coffee in the mornings.

Short drive to Hot Water Beach and Hahei. Lonely Bay and Flaxmill Bay are also picture perfect within a 5 min drive. Passenger Ferry from Ferry Landing to Whitianga and a bigger shopping center including supermarket for replenishing supplies, or you could drive around in about 30 mins.

Alternative is to base in Whitianga and explore from there.

If you want relaxing that would be my recommendation. Excitement, surfing, lots of people, bussling town centre = go Whangamata instead.

Book a batch is best bet for more than a couple of nights. Heaps of places around that area.

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  #970235 20-Jan-2014 19:28
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm after quiet and a nice beach.

Based on your replies I think I'll aim for Cooks beach and trip over to Whitianga on the ferry for supplies.

Bookabach time :-)


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