Tucked away in Mahurangi West
Opahi Bay is worth a visit even if you are not considering buying in this perfect little paradise tucked into the bush, north-facing, beside the water. It has spectacular views overlooking the Mahurangi Harbour and Scotts Landing. It rubs shoulders and shares views with neighbouring Jamieson Bay, and is only five minutes toward the coast from State Highway One, along Mahurangi West Rd. There is a good sealed road in, along the top of a fairly steep and winding ridge. Also on this road is Zealander, a beautiful park-like setting with many fine works of art and further along is the Glass Studio, featuring more fine art. At the end of the road is Mahurangi Regional Park. It has a wonderful outlook from the top of the ridge, looking left over Opahi Bay, and right over Sullivans Bay, Te Haupa – Saddle Island – and Te Muri Beach. Several hours can be spent exploring this regional park, but allow some time to visit Opahi Bay with it’s small tight settlement often clinging to the steep bush-clad hillside. At the waterfront is a cluster of caravans that staked their claim many years ago. There is only one road, and it ends at the boat ramp where rows of dinghies explain why most residents have chosen this little place within close proximity to the Hauraki Gulf, the nearby islands and great fishing and boating.