Aotea is a stunning spot, far away from the hustle and bustle. Our family of 4 fitted well, and we enjoyed the company of Marley the cat. We paddled on the swimming beach in Aotea, travelled to Kawhia to check out Te Puia Springs, climbed part way up Mt Pirongia and played cards. My only tip is that to get anywhere, including Kawhia, it is a significant drive, so either stock up and plan to stay put or build some travel time in to your plans.
Aotea is a beautiful place. We enjoyed the soft sand, walks, swimming, kayaking, local playground etc. It was a great experience to spend our Christmas holiday here. The bach is comfortable and spacious and has everything needed for the holiday. It is a short, scenic drive to Kawhia village.