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Black Sands Lodge, Piha Beach, New Zealand

by Gaycation Magazine

Piha is New Zealand’s most famous surf beach. Situated on the west coast of the North Island, 40 kms from the city of Auckland, this black iron-sand beach has a reputation for awesome surf which rolls in over the Tasman Sea. When Uncle Toby’s Iron Man contest was held at Piha in 1997, canoes were snapped in two and this event has never returned. It can be moody, misty and mysterious, wild, wet and wind-swept. But Piha is not just surf and sand. With rugged cliffs and the majestic Lion Rock standing guard over the beach, the scenery is dramatic and inspiring. The beach is backed by the Waitakere Ranges, a protected parkland of sub-tropical forest, accessible through numerous bush tracks.

There are no big hotels in Piha, only a small beach community made up of beach owners and residents. The lifestyle is laid back and simple, but there are all the basic amenities for the good life. The Black Sands Lodge offers three types of self-contained accommodations in a large, private native garden just a very short walk to the famous beach.

The Lodge offers a range of local tours,surf lessons, and is the closest accommodation to the beach. The amenities include:

  • Private & self contained
  • Private dining available
  • Private massage available
  • Bikes and helmets available for guests
  • Off street parking
  • Wifi available
  • Set in a garden full of iconic NZ flora and fauna
  • Walk to Piha Surf Club, Piha RSA ,or Bowling Club for dinner
  • 45 minutes drive from Auckland – save gas!

Comfort is assured here with warm woolen blankets, heated sheepskin under-blanket, heaps of pillows, mohair throw overs, and good heaters for yummy winter nights, a good book, SKY TV, scrabble, playing cards plus oversized heated towels in the bathroom. Full kitchen facilities available for those who wish to cater for themselves. Also, located within easy walking distance to dining out in Piha.

Here you can enjoy a beach vacation and either watch or participate in great surfing.

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