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You'll bump into a string of low-key sleeping options as you drive along the Pacific Coast Hwy, from hostels to B&Bs and the odd holiday park.
Up on the hill behind town, 12-bed Stranded in Paradise scores points for views, eco-loos and free wi-fi. There are two tricky loft dorm rooms, a double downstairs and three wave-shaped cabins...
Friendly Anaura Bay Motor Camp is all about the location – right on the beachfront by the little stream where Captain Cook once stocked up with water. There’s a decent kitchen, showers and toilets...
Knock-out views distract from the mildly barracks-like ambience at this 50-year-old motel squatting high above the bay...
Run by the same hapu (subtribe) as Maraehako Bay Retreat next door, this casual campground offers clean toilets, showers, pohutukawa trees and beachfront nirvana.
This rudimentary waterfront hostel seems to be cobbled together from flotsam and jetsam washed up in the craggy cove...
Overlooking Hicks Bay, this wee self-contained weatherboard cottage is a delight, with room for two and breakfast eggs from the chooks next door. There's safe sandy swimming at Onepoto Bay nearby.
Oceanside Apartments offers two nicely kept apartments with blue-and-white colour schemes, one below the owners' house, the other behind. Meals and picnic lunches by arrangement; kayaks for hire...
There's very basic but character-laden accommodation in an amazing 135-year-old house at Te Araroa Backpackers, surrounded by bird-filled gardens. Does the old saxophone on the wall still work?
The raffishly charming Te Kaha Homestead Lodge is brilliantly positioned on the shore, with a hot tub by the water, rolling lawns and basic hostel rooms...
Tolaga Bay Holiday Park is right next to the wharf. The stiff ocean breeze tousles Norfolk Island pines as open lawns bask in the sunshine. It's a special spot.
There’s a shabby charm to the 1930s faux-Tudor Tolaga Inn, which offers basic, clean rooms. Downstairs is a blokey bar and a mildly more refined cafe (meals $8 to $24) with home-baking.
Tui Lodge is a capacious, modern guesthouse that sits in groomed 3-acre gardens, irresistible to tui and many other birds. Delicious meals are available by arrangement, as are horse-trekking, fishing and diving trips.
About 7km north of Te Kaha, magical Waikawa B&B sits in a private rocky cove with views of the sunset and Whakaari (White Island)...
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