Perfect little paradise
Opahi Bay is worth a visit even if you are not considering buying in this perfect little paradise tucked into the bush, north-facing, right by the beach. It has views overlooking the Mahurangi Harbour and towards 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 Zealandia, 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 lookout 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 its small tight settlement often clinging to the steep bush-clad hillside. Some of the homes are unchanged from their days as a holiday bach, others are new homes, and right by the beach 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 with close proximity to the Hauraki Gulf, the nearby islands and great fishing and boating.