We stayed two nights at Bush Sand and Sea and loved it. It's not too far from Auckland but certainly feels quite remote with the hills and bush of the Waitakeres on the doorstep. It really is like a treehouse. The accommodation is modern, clean, spacious, eco-friendly, and has everything - including a fully equipped kitchen & BBQ. We brought our own food from the supermarket which worked well.
The design is such that even though Lyn and Alan's house is just nearby, there is totally privacy and uninterrupted views down to the beach. The fresh baked bread and breakfast ingredients were great for us to eat at our leisure (saved some for lunch!). We had dinners on the deck surrounded by bush and evening birdsong - bliss! The spa was lovely in the evening too.
The walk down to the creek (all on their property) is well worth doing, especially at night with the glow worms, and though we didn't do the full walk to Bethell's beach we did drive down and walk up and down the beach - very few people, big surf, and cool caves to explore.
We got a discount through Wotif but would stay again at regular price because we felt it was definitely worth it. Hopefully we will be back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bush Sand and Sea at Bethells Beach is a one bed roomed, self contained and elegant accommodation nestled in New Zealand's native bush of the Waitakere Ranges of Auckland's Wild West Coast.Enjoy the peace, tranquility and seclusion of this environmentally-conscious retreat. Explore the bush walk with its bridges, board walks and stream. Enjoy our late departure policy after visiting the glow worms in the evening. Whether you are escaping the city for the weekend, looking to recharge your batteries or looking for a beautiful pause in your trip through Aotearoa (New Zealand), we look forward to welcoming youFor Guests who arrive from Overseas, come directly to us from the Airport and who book 3 nights or more, we will shop according to your list, so those extra provisions are ready for you. You can reimburse the cost once here and you don't have to stop at any Supermarket while jet lagged! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bush Sand And Sea Te Henga (Bethells Beach), Auckland