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Sandcastle Ruakaka
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12 reviews
Sandcastle Ruakaka
Welcome to Sandcastle
Guest Room #1 Queen Bed
Guest Room #2 Double Sofa Bed and Single Bed plus Double Bed with Single Bunk (see other Picture)
Guest Room #2 Double bed with single bunk plus double sofa bed and single bed (see other photo)
Kitchenette
Courtyard
Courtyard
Sunrise Hen and Chicken Islands Ruakaka
Fun the the Surf Ruakaka Beach
Dinner at Sandcastle. For a small extra charge we can provide an evening meal.
Breakfast at Sandcastle. Include in the price.
George. Guard cat on duty
Your Hosts Allan and Debbie
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Overview
Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Ruakaka, Northland Region, North Island

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Mysh3l
Moe, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Sensational!”
Reviewed 25 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Allan opened his home to us after booking 6 months earlier from Australia. The entire downstairs area was ours to use.
One room contained a queen size bed with the other room able to sleep 3.
Tea and coffee facilities were available as was a washing machine. Shower is separate to toilet.
Breakfast is included in the price and consists on nice, toast, fruits and yoghurts.
Great value!

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Management Response
28 Oct 2015
An ideal couple to host. Good company and interesting conversation. We hope to welcome you back some time in the future.
All the best
Allan
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NikkiMLin...
1 review
“Amazing accommodation ! Great Hosts !”
Reviewed 31 May 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We booked with Allan & Debbie at very short notice. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed into their Home which was fantastic. The bedrooms were fully equipped & there was a fabulous "Games Room" with so much to do. Our 4 year old Daughter loved the books & toys. Breakfast in the Morning on their Deck was top class. We will definitely stay again ! Highly recommend

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Management Response
3 Jun 2015
This was a delightful family to host. Mark gave us a lesson on how to ride a Segway. Guests of this calibre make hosting fun.
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Saraw71
Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
“Great company, wonderful beach, and private accommodation”
Reviewed 21 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Allan and Debs couldn't do enough to make my stay relaxing. The accommodation is well set out and has good facilities. The free wifi also came in useful. I would not hesitate to recommend Sandcastle. I will definitely stay here when I am next in the area.

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Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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Dorel B
2 reviews
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“Excellent stay in a great place”
Reviewed 18 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Stayed at Debbie and Allan's place a few days and thoroughly enjoyed the company and the home. Knowledgeable hosts and a nice and comfortable environment, what more can you ask for? Although we traveled on day trips, we had enough time to enjoy the hospitality(breakfast is just the beginning), the rooms, the backyard. You're on the beach before you know it and it's gorgeous, from the sand and waves to the view.

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Liked best: Interaction with Debbie and Allan
Liked least: Level of privacy (from neighborhood)
Travelling group: Extended Family
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megawat23
Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fantastic stay”
Reviewed 4 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Our last stay on our short time in Northland and oh boy we will be back and base ourselves here. Met by Allan and Debbie and shown the rooms, even though we only needed a single room this place is a 2 bedroom downstairs unit that could sleep 6 at a push. Very comfortable for just us.
Claim to fame is "Only 2 minutes to the beach" and I am sure we must have run because I was in the water enjoying the beautiful crystal clear waters in well under that. At least I am sure I was. Certainly enjoyed another swim before breakfast on our day of departure.
Coffee and tea with milk supplied and we were offered the use of their upstairs kitchen if we decided to get food to cook. We ended up getting some local Chinese and enjoyed with them on their deck and a very nice bottle of Pinot Gris.
The only thing I would have liked to have seen, and I am sure it is on the "to do' list os bedside table with lights. However this certainly did not detract from our stay at all.
We are planning to come back again in a slightly less busy time next year.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Mmmmm No bedside tables!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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