A legendary Kiwi beach town, little Hahei balloons to 7000 people in summer but is nearly abandoned otherwise – apart from the busloads of tourists doing the obligatory stopoff at Cathedral Cove. It’s a charming spot and a great place to unwind for a few days, especially in the quieter months. It takes its name from Hei, the eponymous ancestor of the Ngāti Hei people, who arrived in the 14th century on the Te Arawa canoe. Online, see www.hahei.co.nz.
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