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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Black Sands Lodge

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Black Sands Lodge
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Piha
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
“Perfect place, Perfect hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

After a big day of festivities we arrived at 1.30am. Both very tired we had no trouble finding our place as the path was lit by a softened hue of light. The Tui Suite had a vase on the table of my favourite flowers- Pink, Blue & white Hydrangers. The bedside lights were on. Its was perfect.
We awoke to the call of nature & the crashing waves- Piha, 30 seconds walk away. This was before I had even looked outside. What a beautiful place, we were greeted by our hosts Bobbi & Julia with an awsome & very delious breakfast on the deck, followed by photos. 10mins later we were presented with one of these photos on canvas, wow I was simple blown away.
I aboslutely recommend Black Sands Logde it was perfect for us & will be for you.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

We have a wonderful holiday here. The beach, the lodge, the people and the nature gave us strength and a time to relax. Bobbi and Julia are so helpful. As we reach the lodge late at around 8:30pm, not yet feed and Bobbi takes the initiation to call the restaurant nearby to make sure we can have the last order. Julia is so friendly to show us their house with the fireplace. The lodge is exactly the same as the photo, very cosy, clean and tidy. The place is very quite and I like the deck outside the lodge. We just sat there one night to watch the stars and it is just magnificent. There are electric blanket in case of the cold weather. We have barbecue there and have a nice walk in the beach.
However as we are driving by the GPS, it did not lead us there and we are lucky to find someone who show us the way. It would be wise to call upon Bobbi to help.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

The Black Sands Lodge is a very nice place to stay in Piha or on your visit of the Waitakere Ranges, it is very close to the beach and it is ran by two welcoming and sweet ladies! I had a great time there! Don't hesitate!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

If you're visiting Piha, then this is THE place to stay. I stayed during this past summer and it was one of the best decisions I made during my time in New Zealand. All three suites are less than a minute's walk to the beach and maintained to the highest standards.

Relish you're privacy or get to know Bobbie and Julia (owners) -- the choice is yours. Bobbie and Julia's house is on the property, so they are there if you need anything. They could not be more accommodating. I really appreciated their hospitality and warm conversation. It was clear to me that their guests' experience is important to them, which meant a lot to me. Piha is their home and they are more than happy to share their knowledge of the area with their guests or make bookings for local activities on their behalf.

There was also a young (handsome), American WWOOFer working on the property at the time. He was just as helpful and interesting as Bobbie and Julia.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the suites. All three are meticulously maintained and situated le...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

We have been lucky enough to stay at Black Sands Lodge in the beach cabin for the past 5 years.The cabin is cosy and clean and a true picture of an original " kiwi batch " and nothing is too hard for your wonderful hosts Julia and Bobbie. Relax and enjoy your time here with the beach or a bush walk within minutes or try the Surf Club or Cafe for a meal out. We love the bush setting and there is nothing nicer than hearing the birds when you wake up.We look forward to returning again and would not hesitate in recommending to anyone.We love this place. :)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

Booked the studio closest to the beach.....two minute walk to to pristine coastline. What a lovely eacape from busy Auckland. Studio was tidy , clean and comfy. As there was no oven, Bobbie cooked our enchilada meal for us, did a good job too !
Great location, friendly hosts. Will definitely go back sometime again

Room Tip: studio is a good choice. Closest to beach
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

What a perfect weekend away from our busy lives in Auckland! Footsteps to the beach, the RSA and quick walk to the Piha Cafe for breakfast. It was so relaxing waking up to the sound of nature, and Bobbie and Julia were perfect hosts! The perfect weekend getaway, we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Black Sands Lodge

Property: Black Sands Lodge
Address: 54 Beach Valley Road | Piha, Waitakere, Piha 0772, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Piha
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Piha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Piha - Black Sands Lodge offers a choice of three self contained accommodations located in a large, private native garden just a 1/2 minute walk to Piha Beach.The Kauri Suite is private, spacious and romantic accommodation in Piha. Enjoy the luxury of the King Size torquezone bed looking through the french doors, over your own private deck, to the native garden . . all this just 1/2 a minute to the beach! The Tui Suite is our Queen Suite with ensuite and kitchenette/living room. The Tui Suite has an east facing deck for morning breakfast and a west facing deck for sunsets. Private accommodation again just 1/2 a minute to the beach!Our budget accommodation, the Beach Cabin, is twin accommodation with kitchenette/living room. Very popular and true Kiwiana. ... more   less 

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