We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The scenery overshadowed the mediocre accomodation”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Bethells Beach Cottages
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 June 2013

(Based on Te Koinga Cottage experience)
I am surprised to see such high reviews. Possibly we got unlucky or possibly we've been spoilt by better bach accommodation around NZ.
I was torn between a 3 and a 4 on this one. I probably would've gone with a 4 if it wasn't so expensive. It was great, but you don't get what you pay for. I get it, it's rustic, but even rustic can be a lot more tidy, especially considering these are "commercial" rather than purely family rental cottages. The setting is undeniably beautiful though.

To summarise:
Cons:
- First impression - cottage was not very clean. The basics were clean (floors, linens) but old cooking oils etc sticky all over the microwave and other such things that would be "second on the cleaning list" were not tidied up.
- There was a cockroach in the bathroom and ants in the kitchen.
- There was an almost empty bottle of hand soap and a hotel-sized shampoo in the bathroom. No hair conditioner, body wash, or lotion (pointing this out because they advertise the bathroom products and also every cottage in NZ I've stayed at has had those essentials).
- Decor was okay. I am putting this here because I've read reviews of others pointing out how amazing eclectic it is. I would describe it as 'dated' and a bit 'hoardy'. Again, I am not expecting 5 star hotel, or new appliances and furniture, or a modern decor at a rustic beach house. But it didn't feel as cozy and inviting as I expected. The lounge double bed is awesome, and that's where we ended up sleeping both nights (rather than in the bedroom) but it's surrounded by audio-video equipment ranging from early to late 90s. It's a web of cables from video tape player, dvd player, huge stereo, and tv, that's just kind of messy and unnecessary. I would say a little more investment in the property would go a really long way on this one. And "tidy" is something I would recommend to the owners.
- No pantry with any essentials for cooking. There was salt and a bit of oils but that's it. So make sure to bring absolutely everything you need for cooking. There are pots and pans etc.
- There is almost no cell phone reception, which is actually really great. There is also no radio reception. So why not then provide a small variety of CDs and DVDs to add a bit to the ambiance? The collection of books and games and video tapes was not really useful. We listened to Andea Bocelli tapes and attempted to watch Lion King - those were the highlights of the entertainment selection. So bring books and your own music.
We did end up finding a little Telecom reception hot spot and streaming Pandora radio most of the time, when it worked.
- I requested a 12pm checkout but didn't receive any feedback from the hosts whether they have accepted my request or not. With planning and late arrival etc getting hectic I admittedly forgot to ask them once we got there. On the morning that we were supposed to leave we were practically sweeped out with a broom by Trude who entered the house with all the cleaning products and without saying anything else immediately started cleaning and pointing out that the lights in the bathroom were on (which we were still using as we were packing things - and because we were "kicked out" I ended up forgetting some personal items there). We let her know that we've done all the dishes and didn't use the bedrooms so she didn't have to change linen or clean them and she responded with "yes you did". It was just a bit rude and unpleasant and a put a small downer on otherwise a very good weekend.
I later learned that they had an early arrival into the cottage after us, and were pressed for time to clean, but it definitely could've been handled a bit better.

Pros:
- Setting is amazing, trail right down to the beach (takes about 10 minutes). The beach is wonderful, and you can walk around to the bays directly north and south as well as explore a big cave.
- Fireplace in Te Koinga was just what we needed on a winter weekend away. John was great and lit it for our late arrival to make the place warm and cosy and it was easy to keep up the whole time we were there.
- John was really great and gave us a lot of information and tips on where to go and what to do.
- I have to say that we really had an amazing time overall. We set up the lounges by the window and read facing the ocean and listening to the waves. We enjoyed the ambiance with all the candles and the fire. We slept on the double bed in the lounge which was really great (although it's really short and being 5'7" it was barely long enough for us). We cooked an awesome dinner in the slowcooker and made mulled wine. Yum!

Overall, you will definitely enjoy it, but know that there aren't really "special touches" to make your stay more convenient - so be prepared to take care of yourself.

Room Tip: Te Koinga is largest and the only one with a fireplace. It was a Queen bedroom, a bedroom with 3 bun...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank PeruTrekker
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (148)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

113 - 119 of 148 reviews

Reviewed 6 June 2013

Bethells Beach was the one place we had planned, and for which we had high expectations. We were not disappointed. We thought it'd be not as breathtaking in real life as it is on the pictures on the website, we were wrong.
And not only is the place gorgeous, the cottage was lovely, and Trude and John were wonderful. Although our whole trip to New Zealand was wonderful, Bethells Beach Cottages was its highlight.
I would recommend it for couples, but also as friends. I highly recommend enjoying the Scandinavian Hot Tub under the beautiful night sky, while chilling with a delicious NZ wine.
I fell in love with the place, so did my friend, and we both plan on returning with our respective significant other. Thank you again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank JuliaLefebvreWijnant
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 May 2013

After a long flight, Bethells Beach was the perfect way to begin our vacation. We were able to check in early to the fairy cottage, and stopped at a Pac n Save along the way. Trudy and John were away the first night, but we were pleasantly welcomed by their son. He showed us the grounds, the cottage, and gave us info on how to access the beach. Looking back on all the places we stayed during our 3 wk vacation, this falls into the top two. It is not modern, fancy, or motel like at all. (If that is what you are looking for, stay in the city, listen to traffic and fight for a place to park). This place is heaven! The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed and more. The bedding, pillows, decor, were very eclectic. You could tell they didn't just run down to a Bed Bath and Beyond to decorate the place. There is charm, character, and special touches both inside and outside of the cottage. Was it sparkling clean? No, but you are staying in a place that you leave the windows and doors open, so bugs fly in and out, dust comes in, etc., so the recent post I read about it not being clean, should not discourage you from staying here. You are out in the countryside and no matter how much you clean, nature moves in. We had beautiful weather while we there (it rained the rest of the time!). We walked to the beach, explored the caves, and when we came back, Trudy greeted us after being gone the first day with some warm, homemade chocolate cake! She also gave our son some fizzy peach drinks which he loved. This truly is a special place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate. Thank you John and Trudy for creating a piece of heaven for all to enjoy.

Room Tip: Stay in the "fairy cottage". I think it has the best location of the 3 choices and views...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank MTmama2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Trudy and John have created a wonderful harmonious and intimate niche nestled into the natural surroundings. Wonderful proximity to dramatic unspoilt nature, serene and romantic. No pretentious modern commodities, just well considered architecture, beautiful surroundings and peace and quiet.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank darya b b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 May 2013

Bethells Beach Cottages is the perfect place to get away from the hussle and bussle of Auckland. we enjoyed two wonderful nights in the apartment which was very clean, tidy and well resourced. Jumping in the hot tube under the beautiful starry night sky was true bliss. Trude and John were fantastic hosts making sure we knew where all the little hidden treasures of Bethells Beach were. The grounds are well looked after and set the scene for peace and relaxation, whether it is hiding away in your own world or exploring the caves and hidden spots of the beach Bethells is truly the place to visit. Thanks Trude and John, we will be back for sure.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank kelly c
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 May 2013

Bethells beach is quite simply stunning and the cottage provides direct access onto a path that meanders down through bush and dunes to the south end of the beach with easy access to the caves.

The interior was "quaint" but for the day rate charged a little dated and in need of a spring clean. The kitchen was well equipped and the dining area could accomodate 7 people, however the bedrooms were a major disappointment.

Counting the day bed in the lounge/dinig/kitchen area as a bedroom as part of the 7 guests is being a little liberal with the truth. Having said that the day bed was comfortable and made watching a movie on VHS !!! fun.

Room Tip: beware that this cottage is listed as sleeping 7, however this includes bunk beds and a small bed al...
See more room tips
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank pete m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 April 2013

To describe Bethell’s Beach as a beautiful place is quite simply an understatement. Bethells Beach cottages are quaint and homey and the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. At the cottages you feel as if you are one with nature and that the outside is actually invited in. John & Trudie are lovely, the cottages are well equipped and they have given much thought to making your stay a memorable one. The beach is spectacular, the dark sand shimmers and is the softest sand we have ever walked on. As John said “Bethell’s Beach is a magical place” and we were truly enchanted.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank love2travel807
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Te Henga (Bethells Beach)
6.2 mi away
Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate
17.5 mi away
Cordis, Auckland
Cordis, Auckland
#5 of 66 in Auckland Central
4,566 reviews
18.2 mi away
Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart
Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland B...
#7 of 66 in Auckland Central
893 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.2 mi away
Piha Beachstay Accommodation
0.9 mi away
Bush Sand and Sea
Bush Sand and Sea
#1 of 1 in Te Henga (Bethells Beach)
43 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Bethells Beach Cottages? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Bethells Beach Cottages

Address: 267 Bethells Road | Auckland west, Te Henga (Bethells Beach), Auckland 0781, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Te Henga (Bethells Beach)
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Te Henga (Bethells Beach)
Price Range: £86 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bethells Beach Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bethells Beach Cottages is a place that encourages you to pause and reminds you what relaxing feels like. Come, connect and unwind in the peaceful sanctuary of your Bethells Beach accommodation. Our three boutique cottages are positioned high above Bethells Beach, overlooking the black iron sands of Bethells Beach and the dramatic Tasman Sea. Sit back on your private deck with a glass of local wine taking in the vast views; enjoy watching nature’s theatre. The contemplative and stress-free surroundings of Bethells Beach is the perfect partner for corporate planning and off-site days, with the facilities to cater for corporate functions, events and special occasions. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, TripOnline SA, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Agoda, Odigeo and Evoline ltd so you can book your Bethells Beach Cottages reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing