If you're visiting Piha, then this is THE place to stay. I stayed during this past summer and it was one of the best decisions I made during my time in New Zealand. All three suites are less than a minute's walk to the beach and maintained to the highest standards.
Relish you're privacy or get to know Bobbie and Julia (owners) -- the choice is yours. Bobbie and Julia's house is on the property, so they are there if you need anything. They could not be more accommodating. I really appreciated their hospitality and warm conversation. It was clear to me that their guests' experience is important to them, which meant a lot to me. Piha is their home and they are more than happy to share their knowledge of the area with their guests or make bookings for local activities on their behalf.
There was also a young (handsome), American WWOOFer working on the property at the time. He was just as helpful and interesting as Bobbie and Julia.
- 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