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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great restful haven after a day on the challenging Hillary Trail .The stunning view from the lounge down to the sea was memorable as was the comfort offered in this well designed accommodation. Alan and Lyn were great hosts and were very flexible and thoughtful in helping us four 70's plus walkers achieve our goal in completing the Hillary Trail.

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

Thank you for completing the 'to do' list for your epic trail trip by placing a review as well. You were all so well organised, able to adapt to weather conditions, truly prepared for anything. What a great Team and congratulations for your achievement too. Lovely to meet you.

Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 March 2017

My girlfriend Lou and I loved Bush, Sand, and Sea. Lyn and Alan were great hosts. On our way to the B&B I stupidly managed to get my car stuck in a ditch. Lyn and Alan -- without any judgment of my driving abilities -- used their SUV to pull my car out of the ditch and help get us...

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

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. Glad you liked us and the glow worms! Have to update you, after you got stuck, we complained to the Council, they agreed it was a hazard and repaired- so we now have a very smooth entrance again, (outside our gate). So you are welcome back and we can be...

Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We had a wonderful stay here. Lyn and Alan are great hosts – making you feel completely at home and offering suggestions of things to do. The guest lodging is self-contained – you have your own separate apartment with kitchen, dinette, sitting area, bedroom, bath, and outdoor deck, all very private with a nice view through the bush to the...

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

Thank you so much for this review. High praise indeed..."It was definitely one of our best experiences in New Zealand – and we had many wonderful experiences!" It's always our goal, every stay should be the best it can be, but we are always thrilled to hear you considered us your favourite! I am also glad to hear that you...

Reviewed 17 January 2017

Suitable for a couple only who want a remote night in the Waitakere ranges and a day trip to bethells beach. You need to drive to the beach or to particular walks in the Bush. friendly and helpful host. Had a problem with locking the doors, unusual lock system we never worked out. Take your mozzie spray in summer. A...

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

Thank you for taking the time to post on Trip Advisor. It's a useful and factual review for other Travellers and I am glad we suited you and your parents. Yes, we are ideal for 1 couple, but have had many 2 couples, etc, and just today, an overseas family (parents and 2 teenagers) left quite happy and comfortable. More...

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 December 2016

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...

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Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 2 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 28 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 18 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...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $180 - $210 (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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“Only 1 room available on site and a bit expensive, has good views”
TKurdgirl, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“No kids allowed, but our 14 year old had a great time.”
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731MargaretG, 17 Dec 2012 | Read review
“Only one room - book well in advance!”
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  • Bethell's Beach from the deck
mpeacey, 5 Nov 2012 | Read review
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