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The Sandcastle

32 Haile Lane, Pohara, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
Deb0ruccia Takaka, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Takaka, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my stay here, I felt really welcome and safe. plenty of beautiful nature for my daughter of 3 years old to run about. Really appreciated Steve's hospitality, the cat's and dog's cuddles. Rooms have all the comforts and decorated with lovely warm colors. The beach is only a short stroll down the hill. The sauna is great... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome place to stay on our romantic engagement weekend away to golden bay. We took our 5 month old Golden Retriever puppy who absolutely loved it. Great, well kept,clean and tidy units. Very warm and cosy in the middle of winter. Great that its far enough from the main road to not worry about the dog getting onto the road... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We genuinely enjoyed our 6 night stay at the Sandcastle. Having our morning coffee on the deck, listening to the sounds of the birds, with a beautiful view of the bay. Enjoying a yoga session in the studio, a relaxing massage in the treatment room, and soaking in the spa to the light of the full moon. Our 2 year... More

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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

We really enjoyed having you stay, I miss your daughter exploring everywhere. It seemed Sal and your Lab hit it off in the end. Do come back - I understand with a new member of the family. The very best for the future. Steve More

Motueka, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

On arrival we thought beautiful location and a charming kiwi style but that is where the joy ended for us. We didn't mind that it was run down but the cleanliness was awful, crumbs, beds looked like they had been slept in the night before, our feet were black from the floors and when you have two young children crawling... More

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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

I wish you had popped over to see me Fiona as I could easily resolved our mistake with the cot and this would have made your stay more comfortable. I am very sorry the cot offered had not been checked and fell well below standards we expect of ourselves. At The Sandcastle we take our host responsibilities very seriously and... More

Hienghene, New Caledonia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We are a family with a boy of 8, we just begin our 8 months journey to come back to France after 15 years living in New Caledonia : after 3 weeks travelling all around South Island, from Cristchurch, Dunedin to the Catlins and Queenstown, and looking for such a place without finding it, we've finally found it here !... More

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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to write a great review. Hayley and I are enjoyed telling you all the things to do in the bay and seeing you visit them. We both felt you are spot on describing The Sandcastle. The very best with the rest of your trip. More

Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The Sandcastle was a perfect basecamp for exploring Golden Bay, beautifully situated between the sea and hills. The bungalows are spacious and offer you everything you need, including a fully equipped kitchen and a sunny terrace. We enjoyed the sauna and the common room for yoga as well. If you are looking for a basic, good-spirited and self-contained unit out... More

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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review, it was great to see you take advantage of all that is on offer at The Sandcastle and around Golden Bay. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and got to experience so much - enjoy the rest of New Zealand. More

Nelson, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had such a truly wonderful weekend here. From the instant you arrive your cares start to drift away as you relax, relax, relax. The cabins are exceptionally clean, and well equipped with full kitchen facilities. You wake in the morning to bird song, and the owners are incredibly friendly and helpful. Our group enjoyed a fantastic evening cooking together... More

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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review, I know you made the most of your visit. I think your words were 'Golden Bay is a hard place to leave!' Enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand. More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

A charming location with convenient access to the northern entrances to Abel Tasman Park and to the beaches and attractions of Golden Bay. There are several restaurants nearby and many more traveler services in Takaka, a short drive away The sandcastle is a group of cottages, not motel rooms. Our cottage was comfortable and clean. The setting feels rustic and... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Girlfriend, dogs and I had the pleasure of Staying at Steve's fabulous Sandcastles in Pohara. Firstly Pohara is a great place - you can't go wrong. Secondly and most importantly Sandcastles is a fun place to stay. We had a cottage in the complex. It was clean and tidy, plus had room for visitors. Steve's breakfasts are to die for.... More

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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

Thanks Bill for a great review - we love being able to offer space for pets, Sal (our huntaway cross) loves the company! Looking forward to your next visit, Wellington isn't so far. More

Jersey channel islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

I spent 3 weeks at "Sandcastle" in November and couldn't have asked for better. It was set in the most idyllic surroundings and the cottages were very comfortable and included everything you needed . Waking up to birdsong every morning was bliss. Steve and Hayley were the perfect hosts and offered so much advice about the many wonderful places you... More

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Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

You had a wonderful stay I remember. I am sure you have some great memories of your trip to Golden Bay. Thank you for the review. Steve and Hayley More

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Address: 32 Haile Lane, Pohara, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Pohara
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The Sandcastle holiday accommodation is perfect for couples and families wanting to get away from the crowds. We offer six fully self-contained cottages that are serviced daily. Each cottage has its own private deck and is set in two hectares of tranquil gardens. They overlook the sea which is a pleasant five minutes walk away. The Sandcastle's many extra features include our popular spa and sauna complex, a wood-fired pizza oven and BBQ area, and a hall where children can play table tennis or watch a movie on wet days. There is no extra charge for any of the above activities. We can deliver a delicious breakfast, mostly sourced from our organic gardens, direct to your cottage. We want your stay to be excellent value and unlimited wi fi is also free of charge. There are also yoga classes in our hall twice a week and we have our own purpose-built massage room where various treatments are available from experienced therapists. The Sandcastle is one of the closest holiday accommodation options to the beautiful, northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. Golden Bay has many gorgeous beaches, walks and other attractions and we are happy to point you in the right direction to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.Our reception is open 24hrs for any questions you may have about The Sandcastle or Golden Bay. ... more   less 
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