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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our first trip together to Golden Bay and stayed for 8 nights in Pohara. As a treat - we stayed our lat night in a YURT at the Sandcastle. It was a real experience and super cool. I recommend it for something different and unique.

Thank LarnachGirl
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As soon as we drove up, we thought what a relaxing, quiet, delightful place. It gave us the space, privacy and amenities we were after and was like having our own private holiday home. The owners were friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Not your standard motel unit!

Thank reeve2017
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 16 January 2017

The Sandcastles is not advertised as five star, and it isn't. What it is however is a relaxed environment to unwind after a busy day exploring all this region has to offer. Steve and Hayley are very hospitable hosts. The chalets are comfortable and adequately equipped. The extras are the pizza oven with the homemade bases that Steve is suitably...

1Thank Karyn O
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Such a peaceful place to stay. Watched the Tui's from the cottage window, heard all sorts of other birds too. Steve and Hayley were so welcoming, even supplying us with pizza dough to use their pizza oven :) The Sandcastle is set in such a beautiful location and the little cottage had all we needed as well as being bright...

1Thank Paula K
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Don't seek luxury and you won't be disappointed. This is an idyllic location for you to enjoy the beauty of Able Tasman nestled on the hillside overlooking Pohara beach and the sometimes feisty bay! (it was rather windy) The cottages are well equipped and comfortable but you might want to take a fan to be cool in the height of...

Thank Cliff S
Wodonga, Australia
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Great location and very peaceful.  Only a short walk to the beach. A little run down but that adds to the charm of the place. the owners a lovely and welcoming. We tried out the spa that was warm and relaxing. WiFi was free with good connection from our cottage. Only thing I would change is the shower head (sprays...

2Thank Rase90
Kauai, Hawaii
Reviewed 27 October 2016

I just finished a Yoga Training Immersion and we were fortunate enough to enjoy this little piece of paradise for 2 weeks! The owners were fantastic and friendly - available for anything you could possibly need throughout your stay. The cottages are quaint and cozy with all the comforts of home. Don't miss the sauna and spa - especially on...

2Thank agh6565
Hokitika, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We stayed with friends in two cabins for the spring challenge event. With a whole pile of kids who had a huge amount of fun on the good old kiwi rope swing and we all enjoyed our stay, It was very relaxed and had all that we needed. Highly recommended, friendly owner. Warm and lots of pillows :-)

1Thank Hilzr
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Along with four other friends, my partner and I stayed in Chalet 6 at The Sandcastle for four nights. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed by owner, Steve and dog, Sal and felt very much at home in our extremely well-equipped chalet. We had come to the area to climb and were delighted to find out that a popular climbing...

2Thank littletravelbug1984
Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write such a great review. It was wonderful to meet and share some time with you all and look forward to the next visit! Very best wishes Steve and Hayley

New Zealand
Reviewed 25 June 2016

From the moment we arrived we felt very welcome. Steve was friendly, knowledgeable about the local area and a lovely host. The accomodation was great, clean and homely and with all the basics that you needed and we even had a sea view ... Infact we loved it so much we stayed an extra day, even after it had been...

1Thank peabee11
Steve d, Owner at The Sandcastle, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review! I really hope you can come back again, it was a special time when you stayed. All the very best Steve and Hayley

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Sandcastle holiday accommodation is perfect for couples and families wanting to get away from the crowds. We offer six fully self-contained cottages that are serviced daily. Each cottage has its own private deck and is set in two hectares of tranquil gardens. They overlook the sea which is a pleasant five minutes walk away. The Sandcastle's many extra features include our popular spa and sauna complex, a wood-fired pizza oven and BBQ area, and a hall where children can play table tennis or watch a movie on wet days. There is no extra charge for any of the above activities. We can deliver a delicious breakfast, mostly sourced from our organic gardens, direct to your cottage. We want your stay to be excellent value and unlimited wi fi is also free of charge. There are also yoga classes in our hall twice a week and we have our own purpose-built massage room where various treatments are available from experienced therapists. The Sandcastle is one of the closest holiday accommodation options to the beautiful, northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. Golden Bay has many gorgeous beaches, walks and other attractions and we are happy to point you in the right direction to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.Our reception is open 24hrs for any questions you may have about The Sandcastle or Golden Bay. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Sandcastle

Address: 32 Haile Lane, Pohara, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Pohara
Price Range: $60 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sandcastle 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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“The units look like they are all similarly equipped and no one looks any better than another.”
 of 5 bubbles reeve2017, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask which cottage is best for sun or partial shade.”
  • BBQ & Pizza Oven and rambling gardens from our deck (balcony)
  • Pet and partner outside our cottage
 of 5 bubbles , 26 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Rooms closer to the reception have better internet.”
 of 5 bubbles ThaisSaito, 4 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The units are chalets.”
 of 5 bubbles john14g, 2 May 2016 | Read review
“All the cottages are amazing!”
 of 5 bubbles E7265MXjenniferc, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
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