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New York
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We needed two quiet nights to ourselves after a couple of weeks of full on family vacation in NZ, and Bobbie and Julia provided just the spot we needed. The accommodations were beautiful, clean, well-kept. The setting was nestled in some lovely bush, we could hear the ocean, we enjoyed walks along the beach and nearby headlands. Bobbie and Julie...

Thank Penny S
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Our main, or only gripe would be that our accommodation was simply NOT value for money compared to other accommodation we enjoyed during a 5 week tour of the North Island. Plusses first though , the hosts were both very friendly and generally pleasant. The sheets on the bed were of very good quality. Unfortunately there it pretty well ends....

3Thank BrianBlenheim
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 16 March 2014

This is a spot of spots! Just a minute walk from the stunning Piha beach, this wonderful lodge makes you feel right at home. The setting is full of lush greenery and close to everything that you might need, if indeed you need anything beyond the beautiful setting to let the stresses of the world melt away. Julia and Bobbie...

Thank Cheff1980
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 February 2014

This was a wonderfully relaxing place to stay for the weekend. Julia and Bobbie were brilliant hosts, being on hand, helpful and chatty, but giving you plenty of privacy. Their accommodation is stunning, set amongst native bush and trees, and it feels beautifully isolated while being right in the heart of Piha. The accommodation itself had everything you could possibly...

Thank Laura N
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Loved out beach bungalow! Guest units are well equipped kitchen BBQ etc.. clean , beautiful setting very very close to a very stunning beach. Hosts we very Freindly and informative. I would highly recommend.

Thank Pete M
Salt Lake City, Utah
Reviewed 11 December 2013

Julia and Bobbie were excellent hosts. Not only did they open their beautiful guest house to us, they were beyond gracious to give us their time and story telling of living in Piha. My husband and I will forever remember this little piece of heaven. We can't wait to visit again. Go and visit! You will not be disappointed -...

Thank JBV333
bobbiec, Owner at Black Sands Lodge, responded to this review

Caleb and Juliana, What wonderful guests you were - thanks so much for coming to stay at Black Sands - we'd love to see you both again. Bobbie

Hod Hasharon, Israel
Reviewed 21 November 2013

The hosts, Julia and Bobbie are the best. Very helpful and made me feel right at home. After a week of customer visits in Auckland I was fortunate to find the Black Sands Lodge for a well deserved Shabbaton before my long flight(s) homeward. A gorgeous 45 minute drive from the city through the Waitakere ranges and you're there. I...

1Thank doron2u
bobbiec, Owner at Black Sands Lodge, responded to this review

I'm so sad you missed the stars. We've had the most wonderful night skies recently and I do think of you and how much you wanted to see them. Pleasure to have you stay. Bobbie

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Hey Guys, this is Daniel from Germany, i have to say that it was definetly one of my best experience i ve ever made. Piha is small, lovely and peaceful and Julia & Bobby probably the best and friendliest Hosts in the World! When u re in this region, make sure you go there! Cheers

Thank DPS77156
Paris, France
Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

Raw west coast New Zealand. We were lucky enough to have been recommended Black Sands lodges truly unique nz experience only 45 minutes from downtown Auckland. Not far from the beach where the iconic Oscar winning film the piano was filmed. Highly recommended you won't regret it. Great hosts - real NZ

Thank toitoi53
bobbiec, Owner at Black Sands Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your great review. Please do come back. Regards Bobbie

Napier, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 August 2013

Piha on Auckland's West Coat is nothing short of exhilarating on a rugged and wild day. Black Sands Lodge is superbly located just metres from the beach yet secluded amongst the pohutakawa trees. Lying in bed in our well appointed cottage suite listening to the crashing waves was magnificent. The owners Bobbie and Julia are old hands in the hospitality...

Thank NeilHBNZ

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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 

Additional Information about Black Sands Lodge

Address: 54 Beach Valley Road | Piha, Waitakere, Piha 0772, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Piha
Price Range: $174 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“Was not able to compare other units, check them out first if possible.”
 of 5 bubbles BrianBlenheim, 9 Apr 2014 | Read review
“The Tui suite was the real thing.....first in the morning and just before sunset....a couple of Tui birds came by to sing for me...exotic. The rainwater is collected for tap drinking and showers, conserve it but enjoy it. I took a bottle home with me because it was so delicious. The WiFi connection is excellent... The windows are so "squeaky clean" it felt like I was outside,......but keep em closed at night..there was one mosquito...use the screened window and you'll sleep in paradise found”
  • living room at Tui suite
  • Tui suite
  • my private path to Tui suite
 of 5 bubbles doron2u, 21 Nov 2013 | Read review
“One room is a king size and the other is a queen size.”
 of 5 bubbles KellyN248, 30 May 2013 | Read review
“The Tui suite was perfect - hidden amongst natives”
 of 5 bubbles FionaH113, 22 Feb 2013 | Read review
“You can't go wrong with any of the suites. All three are meticulously maintained and situated less than a minute's walk to the beach. Each suite includes a stocked kitchen as well (plates, silverware, dish detergent, tea, sugar, etc.). Kauri Suite -- Spacious (two stories including a large kitchen/dining/TV area). King-size bed, hardwood floors, outdoor shower, and beautiful view from the deck. Tui -- Similar decorating/design to the Kauri only cozier. Gorgeous deck for dinners, coffee, or taking in the scenery. (King-size bed and hardwood floors) Cabin -- Chummy living space perfect for two or more travellers (two single beds). There is a patio just outside the cabin which is on the edge of the beautiful bush offered by Piha.”
 of 5 bubbles jordank102, 9 Mar 2012 | Read review
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