Lonely Planet review
Hapatoni curves around a wide bay and is accessible by boat in less than 15 minutes from Vaitahu, or by a track.
The royal road is the village’s main attraction. Built on a dyke on the orders of Queen Vaekehu II in the 19th century, this paved road, lined with 100-year-old tamanu trees, extends along the shore. At the promontory a path leads up to a lookout , with a magnificent view of the bay.
In the middle of the village there’s a lovely me’ae (ancient religious site).Next to it, you’ll find a church built from stones and a cemetery.