A warm welcome from the team at The Church
Andreas and Anna feel very fortunate to be able to call Hahei home, having spent over 10 years living in, and traveling through, various parts of the world. They have now come home and taken over The Church from the original owners, Richard and Karen. They are continuing the tradition of relaxing cottage accommodation and excellent customer service, nestled in a peaceful garden setting.
Being Anna’s hometown, they have a great understanding and knowledge of Hahei and its surrounds, and can point you in the direction of a few hidden gems on the Coromandel Peninsula. From secret kauri groves and hidden waterfalls, to the best spots to see the sun rise, Anna and Andreas are passionate about making sure every guest experiences the best the Coromandel has to offer.
The Church History
The Church building was originally the Methodist Church from Taumaranui in the Central North Island, built in 1916. It became unused when the population of Taumaranui decreased and locals shared a single Church.
Karen and Richard tendered for the building and arranged a house mover to relocate it for them. He failed to do the job, absconding with their deposit, and leaving them stuck with a very large building.
Unable to raise more money, they took 6 friends to Taumaranui and demolished it and then transported it to Hahei, where they stored it for 3 years before beginning the process of reconstruction.
The local Hahei community supported them throughout the demolition, relocation and rebuilding process providing labour, transport and a lot of encouragement.
In reconstruction, as much of the original material that was sound and able to be reused was - the trusses, rafters, floor, doors and windows. You will see these materials now used throughout the cottages.
The original weatherboards were recycled as skirting boards and the framing as rafters in our accommodation cottages. The building was then reclad with treated pine milled off a block of land in Hahei.
The resulting building provides a unique and charming venue for both public and guest dining, and an excellent venue for weddings or special occasions.
To maintain a a high standard of service accommodation whilst providing a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere for our guests and staff.
To become a sustainable tourist destination which is ethical & environmentally friendly to our surroundings. We want to reflect the essence of the Coromandel, Bush, Sea, Clean and Green.