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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a pleasant visit at this idyllic location despite the poor weather during our stay. Our host was helpful especially with regard to local attractions and directions etc. We enjoyed the facilities of the unit including the fresh juice and bread on the first day to supplement our breakfast provisions.

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and glad to hear your cruise was also successful. Sorry we can't control the weather, but you still managed to explore the area very well-- very intrepid. As local Hosts, we feel that it's our job to work out what the Guests would like to do, and match that with what is possible in the...

UK
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an absolutely delightful find this was – a spacious, beautifully equipped apartment tucked away in the bush with views towards Bethells Beach (Te Henga) and lovely hosts too. We were greeted by Lyn with very welcome tea/coffee and homemade cake, and there was food for breakfast in the refrigerator. The private bush walk takes you over bridges and streams...

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for the clear review and recommendations. I am sure it will help other Guests to plan their trip. Glad to see you have recovered from your journey so quickly. Kind regards and thanks again, Lyn

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This is a little hidden gem just perfect for a few days away & only 30 mins drive from Auckland. A beautiful, secluded setting surrounded by the bush and some noisy tūī, not to mention the magnificent call of the morepork in the night. Lyn greeted us on arrival and her passion was evident in all that she shared about...

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Hello Lesley, Sorry that I missed your review, but thank you for taking the time. Your review was particularly thoughtful and thorough and should be a good guide to other Travellers. Every review is like a gold star to us. Glad you enjoyed your stay, regards, Lyn

Geelong, Australia
Reviewed 27 April 2016

We had a wonderful stay, loved the homemade goodies & excellant local advice. We only wish we could have stayed longer as the location was beautiful. The local beach with amazing black sand was perfect for walking. The bush surrounds & tracks added to the lovely accomodation. Our hosts were very warm & made us feel completely welcomed. Very affordable,...

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Life seems busier than ever! One of the best accolades for us is that you would have liked longer. If we all knew before we booked how good an accommodation was, or those that didn't meet expectations, how different the itinerary would be. On the other hand, there's always so many...

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 February 2016

The accommodation is really well done and the setting is superb. We really enjoyed the bush walk and hearing the bird calls. The breakfast with the hot fresh bread and everything you could think of was fantastic. We wish we had stayed much longer than our stopover.

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review which i somehow missed in February. So glad you mentioned that you had enjoyed the bush walk because the track is our passion. in fact we are off on a hike down there ourselves shortly with a mission- to deal with a wasp nest which is right at the track end, and means we cant...

Reviewed 17 February 2016

Right from arriving Alan and Lyn could not have been more helpful. We arrived into Auckland Airport on a very early flight,over-nighting from Melbourne. We arrived at Alan & Lyn's and although it was much too early to check in they gave us breakfast and allowed us to rest in their own house before the previous guests had left and...

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review which i somehow missed in February. I sometimes feel my reply gets lost in the ether! Nice of you to mention the arrangement we all had when you arrived so early- breakfast and rest in our home, waiting for the prior Guests to leave. We enjoy the contact and variety, and we know, as Travellers...

Dorset, UK
Reviewed 23 January 2016

This is a really lovely place to stay and unwind, I cannot recommend it highly enough.The accommodation is spacious, clean, comfortable and eco-friendly and the views are wonderful. Situated in the Waitakeries close to Bethell's Beach, the location provides the opportunity to be in the wilderness of the bush enjoying the native flora and fauna, or to visit the many...

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful review. We value each Guest, but especially when they actively and enthusiastically engage with us and our environment. All comments and critique are useful and its great to compare our slice of heaven with where others live on the planet. I am glad you experienced Jims Cafe, even though tired after your long...

Newcastle, Australia
Reviewed 14 November 2015

We stayed in this beautiful B&B during Sept 2015 and can highly recommend it! The owners Lyn and Alan are superb hosts who made us feel very special from the moment we arrived. Their love of this 'little slice of heaven' is obvious and after sharing their special place for a only short time we were sad to leave and...

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LynHappy, Owner at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Hi Janice, thank you for the kind words. I know you had a week of work, after your weekend here, life is so busy, and no doubt, you had plenty to do once back home and in your own office. So the fact that you took the time to write a review was much appreciated. Kind regards to you both,...

New Zealand
Reviewed 4 October 2015

We stayed here for our final night on a four day Hillary Trail tramp. The house is magnificent -- you are not really in a B and B but a separate cottage. The facilities are first class and the service was great. Lynn happily picked us up where we exited the track and Alandropped us back the next morning to...

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LynHappy, Manager at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind feedback. We are always keen to see people get out and enjoy the bush walks around here, and you took on a major challenge in the Hilary Trail. Great organising and you did well! Nice to be told our pics UNDERSOLD us. We wanted to have honest pictures, and your feedback attests to that. Kind regards,...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 April 2015

We spent two nights at BB&S in early April. As others note, Lyn and Alan are really nice people and terrific hosts. They are natives to the area and share their knowledge freely. We spent a good deal of time chatting over drinks but I don't think that's expected and Lyn and Alan will leave you to yourselves if you...

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LynHappy, Manager at Bush Sand and Sea, responded to this review

Hi, sorry this is a late response. I missed seeing your review which reads like a travel brochure. It's wonderful when a Guest takes the time to discuss details of their trip, and can help future Guests plan and make decisions. Thank you and regards, Lyn and Alan

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  • Beachfront
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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 

Additional Information about Bush Sand and Sea

Address: 26 Te Aute Ridge, Te Henga (Bethells Beach), New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Te Henga (Bethells Beach)
Price Range: $187 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bush Sand and Sea 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1
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