The Sandcastle
The Sandcastle
The Sandcastle
The Sandcastle
The Sandcastle
The Sandcastle
The Sandcastle

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8.4

Excellent

218 reviews

218 reviews

Beach1
Children's activities1
Kitchen1
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8.5

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Takaka Airport 10.4 km
Fairholme Gallery 13.1 km
Kaihoka Lakes 39.7 km
Nelson Airport 58.6 km
Woodbourne Airport 111.0 km
Westport Airport 149.1 km
Wellington International Airport 169.9 km
Kapiti Coast Airport 175.9 km
Kaikoura Aerodrome 186.4 km
Whanganui Airport 204.9 km
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The Sandcastle

Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Takaka part of Golden Bay, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, hot tub and spa on-site.

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Highlights

Check-in [24-hour]

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Hot tub

Sauna

Daily cleaning

Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the following hygiene measures.Learn more
Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Pets allowed

Car park

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Hot tub

Golf course [on-site]

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Value for money8.6
Distance to city center10 km
Location rating8.5

Rooms available at The Sandcastle

Bungalow with Sea View
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 queen bed and 1 bunk bed
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Chalet
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 bunk bed and 2 queen beds
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One-Bedroom Chalet
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 2 queen beds
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Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Sea View
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  • 1 queen bed
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chalet 4 berth
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 queen bed and 1 bunk bed
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Chalet 6 berth
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 2 queen beds and 1 bunk bed
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Studio with Garden View
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 queen bed
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Design Double Room
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    Deluxe Water View
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      CHALET 4 DOBLE BEDS 2 TWIN BEDS DOUBLE BED
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        Frequently asked questions

        Does The Sandcastle have a hot tub?

        A hot tub is one of the facilities available at The Sandcastle.

        How much does it cost to stay at The Sandcastle?

        Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

        What time is check-in and check-out at The Sandcastle?

        Check-in is from 07:00 AM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The bungalow offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

        How do I get to The Sandcastle?

        For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Sandcastle has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests.

        Is breakfast offered at The Sandcastle?

        Wake up to a great continental breakfast at The Sandcastle. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 11 NZD if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the bungalow.

        What is the closest airport to The Sandcastle?

        The closest airport to The Sandcastle is Takaka Airport, 10.3 km away.

        What restaurants are nearby The Sandcastle?

        The Sandcastle is located in Takaka, famous for good restaurants such as Mussel Inn.

        What popular shopping places are close to The Sandcastle?

        Shopping options in The Sandcastle’s Takaka neighborhood include Fairholme Gallery.

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        What people love about The Sandcastle

        • 8.8

          Excellent
          Staff 

          "Good lay back atmosphere, owner very helpful, value for money."

          Rhonda

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          April 25, 2022

        • 10

          Exceptional

          "What a nice relaxing place to stay, where you have your own space including bathroom and kitchen, but also can mix with and have pizza nights with other guests...."

          Susan

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          January 29, 2022

        • 8.4

          Excellent

          "Basic cottage with everything needed."

          Julie-Ann

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          November 8, 2021

        Property ranking|Compared to 70 Golden Bay properties
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        Room size
        60 sqm.
        Service score
        8.9/10
        Value for money score
        8.6/10
        Location score
        8.5/10
        Bigger than
        99
        %
        of Golden Bay properties
        Better than
        93
        %
        of Golden Bay properties
        Better than
        91
        %
        of Golden Bay properties
        Better than
        91
        %
        of Golden Bay properties
        Overall rating:

        8.4

        Excellent
        218 reviews
        Cleanliness
        7.3
        Facilities
        7.8
        Location
        8.5
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        More about The Sandcastle

        More about The Sandcastle

        The Sandcastle

        The facilities and services provided by The Sandcastle ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the bungalow's free Wi-Fi internet access. Parking is available and free, provided by the bungalow for guests with their own transportation. The bungalow provides front desk services such as luggage storage for guests' convenience.
        The bungalow's on-site laundromat helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include room service and daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
        Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at The Sandcastle. The bungalow provides linen service in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms at The Sandcastle include a balcony or terrace, as part of the room design. Some selected rooms have television and cable TV to keep guests entertained.
        The bungalow also provides guests with a refrigerator and a coffee or tea maker in some rooms. The Sandcastle also provides a hair dryer in some of its bathrooms for your convenience.


        Dining and things to do

        Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the bungalow's bar. If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house BBQ facilities available here.
        To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at The Sandcastle. Pamper and indulge yourself with a visit to the massage, hot tub, spa and sauna. Hot days can be cool fun with water activities like the fishing. Have some easy fun and maybe meet others while playing recreation activities such as horse riding.
        In a competitive mood? Get sporty with your travel group or other guests at the ping-pong table and golf course on site in the bungalow. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the library.


        Reasons to stay here

        Rooms here are cheaper than 96% of accommodations in the city.
        This bungalow's food and dining score higher than 91% of accommodations in the city.
        Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 91% of accommodations in the city.

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        Amenities and facilities
        Very good
        Facilities

        7.8

        Languages spoken

        • English

        Internet access

        • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
        • Internet services
        • Wi-Fi in public areas

        Things to do, ways to relax

        • Fishing
        • Garden
        • Golf course [on-site]
        • Horseback riding
        • Hot tub
        • Massage
        • Sauna
        • Spa
        • Table tennis
        • Yoga room

        Cleanliness and safety

        • Anti-viral cleaning products
        • Breakfast in room
        • Cashless payment service
        • Daily disinfection in all rooms
        • Daily disinfection in common areas
        • Doctor/nurse on call
        • First aid kit
        • Hand sanitizer
        • Hot water linen and laundry washing
        • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
        • Professional-grade sanitizing services
        • Protective screens in common areas
        • Room sanitization opt-out available
        • Rooms sanitized between stays
        • Shared stationery removed
        • Staff trained in safety protocol
        • Temperature check for guests and staff

        Dining, drinking, and snacking

        • Bar
        • BBQ facilities
        • Kitchen
        • Room service

        Services and conveniences

        • Daily cleaning
        • Disabled facilities
        • Heating in public area
        • Invoice provided
        • Laundromat
        • Laundry service
        • Library
        • Luggage storage
        • Smoking area
        • Terrace

        For the kids

        • Family room
        • Playground

        Land sports

        • Golf course (within 3 km)

        Access

        • Check-in [24-hour]
        • Dog-friendly
        • Front desk [24-hour]
        • Pets allowed

        Getting around

        • Car park [free of charge]
        • Car park [on-site]

        Available in all rooms

        • Balcony/terrace
        • Complimentary drinking water
        • Desk
        • Heating
        • Kitchenette
        • Kitchenware
        • Linens
        • Satellite/cable channels
        • Seating area
        • Separate dining area
        • Shower
        • Sofa
        Food and dining
        Breakfast options
        • Continental
        • Full English/Irish
        Location
        32 Haile Lane, Pohara, Golden Bay, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand, 7183
        Excellent
        Location

        8.5

        Property policies
        Children and extra beds

        Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

        All children are welcome.

        Children 0-3 year(s)
        Stay for free if using existing bedding.
        If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
        Guests 4 years and older are considered as adults
        Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
        Others
        • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
        Some helpful facts

        Check-in/Check-out

        • Check-in from07:00
        • Check-out until11:00

        Getting around

        • Distance from city center10 km
        • Travel time to airport (minutes)90

        Extras

        • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)11 NZD

        The property

        • Number of bars/lounges0
        • Number of floors0
        • Number of restaurants0
        • Number of rooms 10
        • Year property opened1998
        • Most recent renovation2017

        Parking

        • Daily parking fee0 NZD

        Reviews of The Sandcastle from real guests

        Provided by verified guests of Agoda
        8.2
        /
        10
        Excellent
        Cleanliness7.3
        Facilities7.8
        Location8.5
        Service8.9
        Value for money8.6
        High score for Golden Bay
        Rating
        9+ Exceptional (5)
        8-9 Excellent (4)
        7-8 Very Good (5)
        6-7 Good (1)
        <6 Below Expectation (2)
        Time of the year
        Mar - May (2)
        Jun - Aug (4)
        Sep - Nov (3)
        Dec - Feb (8)
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        Showing 17 verified guest comments
        8.0
        Excellent
        nicola from New Zealand
        Family with young children
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

        Rustic cottage with lovely rural location and Seaviews”

        We took our 2 and 5 year old girls for a family weekend away. We found the cottage comfortable and warm. It had a fairly well equipped kitchen so we could self cater some of our meals. The cottage is a short (10 min) stroll to the Pohara beach, shop pubs and cafes. We think the sandcastles was great value for money and we will likely be back in summer for a stay!

        Reviewed June 04, 2019

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        Thank you so much for a great review, love to see again in the summer. We are very keen to keep it good value to give families a chance to have a holiday and enjoy Golden Bay. very best Steve

        Responded June 12, 2019
        The Sandcastle
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Karen from New Zealand
        Couple
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 1 night in January 2020

        Exceptional”

        love it here, something a little different, nice to know places like Sandcastles are here, Steve (owner) a cool guy,

        Reviewed January 28, 2020

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        Guess we try hard to be different but always providing good service. Thanks for a great review Steve

        Responded February 24, 2020
        The Sandcastle
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Felicity from New Zealand
        Couple
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 1 night in July 2020

        Great Value for Money ”

        We just had a quick stay here, arrived when it was dark, around 5.30pm. Only downfall is that there was no one waiting at reception to check us in, and no one answering the phone numbers provided. We ended up knocking on a guests door who directed us to someone’s accomodation who could help us. Once we were in the room it was great. We were travelling with our dog and the grounds/accommodation were great for dogs, lots of space to walk around and just a quick walk to the beach. The room itself had everything you needed kitchenette, stovetop etc. The room was very clean and quiet. Would definitely stay again.

        Reviewed July 28, 2020

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        Many thanks for your fantastic review, the sandcastle is about peace and quiet, gardens, views and all on offer. love to see you again.

        Responded August 07, 2020
        The Sandcastle
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Daphne from New Zealand
        Couple
        Chalet 6 berth
        Stayed 6 nights in January 2020

        Beautiful setting/great staff”

        The cottages are in a beautiful, peaceful setting. The owner Steve is generous, friendly & helpful.

        Reviewed January 16, 2020

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        Thanks Daphne, It is often commented at the peace at the sandcastle. Many thanks for taking time to write a great review. Steve

        Responded February 24, 2020
        The Sandcastle
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Peter from New Zealand
        Family with teens
        Chalet 6 berth
        Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

        Exceptional”

        the owner is a great host offering ideas of places to see and to cook pizzas for tea in their outdoor oven.

        Reviewed November 01, 2018

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        Yep we love meeting guests and cooking pizza. Thanks for the great review. Very best Steve

        Responded June 12, 2019
        The Sandcastle
        7.2
        Very good
        Paul from New Zealand
        Family with young children
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 1 night in June 2020

        Cheap and cheerful holiday spot”

        Nice location up on the hill, peaceful. The cabins were a bit tired, they could do with some TLC. And they could benefit from better cleaning, the we're quite a few cobwebs. But we still enjoyed our stay. Great heater kept us warm in the winter chill. Steve the host was lovely. We plan to return

        Reviewed June 22, 2020

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        Thanks for the review, we are always upgrading but need to keep the essence of peace, garden sanctuary and friendliness. Steve

        Responded August 07, 2020
        The Sandcastle
        8.8
        Excellent
        Katerina
        Family with teens
        Chalet 6 berth
        Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

        Excellent”

        Charming chalets with a unique simple kiwi style, handmade furniture - simple but beautiful. Quite place with wonderful scenery around - loved it!

        Reviewed January 29, 2018

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        Thank you so much for taking time to review. We hope to continue to offer guests great holidays. Steve

        Responded January 31, 2018
        The Sandcastle
        7.2
        Very good
        Ken from Australia
        Family with teens
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

        Very good”

        The accommodation is a bit old and worn and the grounds are a bit overgrown. The owners were lovely and very helpful and it is in a good location to base yourself

        Reviewed February 06, 2018

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        Thanks Ken, Upgrading all kitchens this winter, we advertise as rustic and the cottages are built to blend into the countryside and gardens - creates a wonderful, relaxed, good value place to stay we believe. very best Steve

        Responded June 12, 2019
        The Sandcastle
        8.8
        Excellent
        Steve from New Zealand
        Couple
        Chalet 6 berth
        Stayed 1 night in February 2020

        Excellent Short Break”

        Peaceful location. Close to beach & attractions. Excellent breakfast with fresh plum jam! Steve is a very helpful host

        Reviewed February 15, 2020

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        Great review thanks. MUch of our breakfast come off the site. Do return soon Steve

        Responded February 24, 2020
        The Sandcastle
        2.8
        Laurence from New Zealand
        Group
        Chalet 6 berth
        Stayed 1 night in July 2020

        Mice Feces Everywhere”

        I do not recommend The Sandcastle. Upon our arrival, we were really disappointed with the facilities. The advertised spa was so out of service that plants had started growing on the cover, the pizza oven was full or rubbish, the sauna was unexistan

        Reviewed August 06, 2020

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        So sorry you couldn't engage with the essence of the sandcastle, peace and quiet, views, gardens and a certain quirkiness. I remember you sat in our home while we cooked pizza. Spa etc have not been operating for years. Not sure where you saw it advertised. Evidence of mice, sorry I have not seen this and other guests would have mentioned it but have not. Travel well, Steve

        Responded August 07, 2020
        The Sandcastle
        8.8
        Excellent
        Rhonda from New Zealand
        Family with young children
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 1 night in April 2022

        Excellent”

        Good lay back atmosphere, owner very helpful, value for money. Highly recommend for family.

        Reviewed April 26, 2022

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        5.6
        sean from New Zealand
        Couple
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 2 nights in February 2022

        Above average”

        The photos are flattering.

        Reviewed February 14, 2022

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        You stayed during a cyclone that covered all of New Zealand, the photos are not going to be the same. Thanks Sean, hope you enjoyed the wedding.

        Responded February 15, 2022
        The Sandcastle
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Susan from New Zealand
        Couple
        Chalet 6 berth
        Stayed 7 nights in January 2022

        Fabulous dog friendly trip”

        What a nice relaxing place to stay, where you have your own space including bathroom and kitchen, but also can mix with and have pizza nights with other guests. very relaxed vibe and Steve is a fabulous host, very friendly and helpful. Best of all, its dog friendly with a spacious front lawn to play on and just a few minutes walk down to the beach. We found lots of dog friendly reserves, beaches and water holes for our dog. Will absolutely stay again!!

        Reviewed January 29, 2022

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        Thank you Susan for a lovely review, you captured The Sandcastle. Do come stay again soon!

        Responded February 15, 2022
        The Sandcastle
        8.4
        Excellent
        Julie-Ann from New Zealand
        Couple
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 4 nights in November 2021

        Back to Nature”

        Perfectly positioned away from potential crowds, nestled within native trees with plenty of sheep and bird life. Basic cottage with everything needed. Clean linen and amenities.

        Reviewed November 09, 2021

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        Thank you for taking time to submit this lovely review.

        Responded January 12, 2022
        The Sandcastle
        8.0
        Excellent
        Becky from New Zealand
        Couple
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 1 night in April 2021

        Great quiet place to stay”

        We stayed here for one night, it is a lovely location and very quiet. Steve the owner was very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble and he was very knowledgeable about the local area.

        Reviewed May 03, 2021

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        Many thanks for a great review. You seemed to capture what we do here!

        Responded June 28, 2021
        The Sandcastle
        6.8
        Good
        Sylke from Germany
        Couple
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

        Traumhaftes kleines Häuschen leider völlig verkommen”

        Der Betreiber ist wirklich überaus nett und jederzeit ansprechbar. Die kleinen Häuschen liegen wunderschön in einer sehr gepflegten Grünanlage mit Blick auf die Bucht. Begrüßt wurden wir an unserer Türschwelle mit zwei riesengroßen Toten Kakerlaken. Im Haus befanden sich Spinnenweben , Schmutz, in den Betten hatte bereits jemand geschlafen. Das konnte man an den Liegeflächen sehen, wo die Leute gelegen haben. Die Bettdecken rochen muffig, das zweite Zimmer konnten wir gar nicht nutzen, da es noch gruseliger dreckig war. Das Bad war geflickt, keine Ablageflächen und schmutzig. Es war mir nicht bewusst, dass selfcontained Appartement bedeutet, dass man erstmal den Dreck der vormieter weg machen muss. Selbst Teller, Gläser, Besteck, Töpfe etc war schmutzig - es klebten essensreste daran. Schade, dass man eine so schöne Anlage so verkommen lässt...und das bei dem Mietpreis.

        Reviewed December 29, 2018

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        7.6
        Very good
        CHIA-YAO from Taiwan
        Group
        chalet 4 berth
        Stayed 1 night in September 2016

        房內設施有點舊,但服務態度很好”

        不錯的地方

        Reviewed September 22, 2016

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