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“Great place to unwind”

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Piha Beachstay Accommodation
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Piha
Certificate of Excellence
Warwickshire
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Great place to unwind”
Reviewed January 19, 2009

Piha Beachstay is a superb place to stay, even if the name is a little misguiding (it's not on the beach, but ~12min walk). The place itself ably caters for couples or dorm groups with large, modern, open plan, airy facilities including TV lounge, dining area, large clean kitchen, terrace overlooking the hills, and more than enough toilets & hot showers. The overall feel of the place is more "friendly log-cabin" than "typical backpackers". Oh, and unlike other NZ places we've stayed in, Piha escapes sandflies, probably as the mozzies have eaten them all. Bring repellent!

A word of advice to those coming to Piha; there's not a lot here in terms of provisioning so you're best to bring groceries with you, topping up day-to-day stuff from the general store 10min away. The Piha RSA club down the road does great steak & chips for $20. Note that most places here take cash or EFTPOS only, so UK guests take note; nearest ATM is 20min drive away... SuperShuttle from airport is $99 1st person + $13 thereafter, private taxi ~$130, I've not tried to get a return yet but I hear there's the Piha Surf Shuttle too for dedicated Auckland-Piha transport.

All in all, I'd come back here at the drop of a hat to spend a few days kicking back, or maybe even taking on the challenging surf. NB people aren't kidding when they say "swim between the flags". According to the cabbie grapevine they've lost 20 people on the W Coast beaches THIS YEAR. That's one a day. You have been warned!

  • Liked — Value, facilities, friendly atmosphere
  • Disliked — Lack of local services
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2008

Oh my god this place is stunning! It's huge! Light, airy, fantastic fire and so close to the beach too!

We stayed for four days over Labour weekend, having flown in from Oz for a double birthday and the reception we received was just perfect.

I can't wait to come back and i'd highly recommend this place to anyone!! Fantastic!!

Stayed October 2008
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Reviewed November 3, 2008

This place is absolutely awesome. The first thing I was blown away by was the kitchen...which was great! The next thing that got me was just how well fitted out the whole place is. We literally only had to bring our own food and drinks - everything else was there - seriously, almost everything you could imagine...even phone chargers for those that had forgotten theirs!

Jeff (the custodian) was so easy to deal with - really laid back and totally just left us to ourselves in the place for the whole weekend.

We rented the whole place (sleeps 20) for a long weekend, but can see that you could rent certain rooms out individually. Each room is private and secure and a couple of them have ensuites which was great. There are no shortage of bathrooms with I think 5 in total.

All in all, I can honestly and thouroughly recommend this place to all and everyone who would consider it!

  • Liked — The completeness of the setup & the ease of dealing with the owner
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 29, 2008

In 10 months of travelling Piha Beachstay was the best accommodation! Close to Auckland but another world away. The open-plan home was fantastic with all the mod-cons, dvds, a fire and a great deck. The house is spotless, beds very comfy and bathrooms have power showers. The owners are welcoming hosts and our 2 days in Piha became 4 simply due to this inexpensive luxury. Next time in Piha, even if we had a lot more money to spend on accommodation, we'd still choose Piha Beachstay.

  • Liked — It felt like home away from home
  • Disliked — Having to leave!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Piha Beachstay Accommodation
Address: 38 Glenesk Road | Piha Beach, Piha 0772, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Piha
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Piha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Piha Beachstay Accommodation 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique guest lodge at Piha Beach. Great location, close to everything in Piha. Bunkrooms, private rooms and en-suite bathrooms. Off street parking, surfing swimming, bushwalks sunsents and sunshine. Often the best things in life are free! ... more   less 
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