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Hahei Beach

Coromandel Peninsula

Long, lovely Hahei Beach is made more magical by the view to the craggy islands in the distance. From the southern end of Hahei Beach, it’s a 15-minute walk up to Te Pare, a (fortified village) site with splendid coastal views.

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6. Paaku

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