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The Sandcastle

The Sandcastle
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Haile Lane, Takaka
03 525 9087

We have 6 self-contained chalets set in peaceful gardens & native bush in beautiful Golden Bay.

Golden Bay is located between The Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks at the top of the South Island. All of the stunning scenery, beaches, walks and attractions of the bay are just a short distance away from your chalet.

Take time and explore our site and you will find 'The Sandcastle' is unique. You will find our accommodation is excellent value, with use of sauna and spa complex included in the price.

Should you stroll in the grounds you will find a tranquil pond, local sculpture, an olive grove, orchards, kitchen garden & much else. There is even a small herb garden by the laundry for your use.

The gardens are very safe for children as we are a long way from the main road, and they can enjoy a forest play area with a sand pit and rope swing. A BBQ with a large table and seating area is great for families & parties.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We recycle where possible We compost food waste We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication

Dietary Selections: We offer

Organic Food Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

You can arrange breakfast to be brought to your chalet. It is a very good value, often including our own fresh produce. Sandcastle daybreak $10 ----------------------------- Croissant Toast - butter/Jam Fruit Eggs/sausage or bacon Coffee/Tea Basic Breakfast $5 ----------------------------- Croissant Coffee/Tea


Our chalets are immediately welcoming. The furniture is handcrafted wood with many original features. They are easily warmed and insulated while the sun streams in during the afternoon. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas hob, refrigerator, microwave and everything you need to prepare a meal. The queen-size bed overlooks the deck onto the gardens and sea beyond. All the linen and towels are provided and there is a separate bathroom. Room service is daily and if ordered breakfast can be brought to the deck of your chalet. Children or friends can have a separate bedroom in 4 of our chalets. Also, we have a cot and high chair.


You can find the Sandcastle by heading towards the Abel Tasman National Park from Takaka (follow signs to Pohara). Drive until you get to the beach, then take the first road on the right (Pohara Valley Road - you'll see the Sandcastle sign) and then right again into Haile Lane. We're at the end - you can't miss us!
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