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Here are a few reviews from recent guests of Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation at Cable Bay Northland near Coopers Beach.

Golden Sand is amazing. The beach is literally right out your front door (and I do not use that term lightly). My family thinks I am a hero for finding this place, but was just super lucky to stumble upon it while searching online. If you were as lucky as me and it is available for the nights you need hurry and book it. So amazing. We are from the states and if we are ever lucky enough to make it back to New Zealand this will be at the top of our list for where to stay. The owners were super helpful and friendly. Everything was fantastic!

Lyndsay, USA

No frills, no pretensions. Superbly restful beds, so you'll sleep well. They have just what you need, nothing you don't. Close by, you can find great places to eat. Walk a few metres out your front door, and you're on one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on Earth. At your disposal are kayaks and fishing tackle. There's a Weber Q barbecue available - all part of the package. Comfort in Paradise! Pinch yourself, it's real.

John Johnson, New Zealand

Absolutely stunning location and amazing property. we couldn’t have asked for anything better - such a great setup for a couple (we were in the sunshine suite). Really helpful to have cooking facilities and the basic condiments - really appreciated touches like this. So, so close to the beautiful beach. Super handy to explore Karikari peninsula and the rest of the far north Can’t think of anything bad at all! Wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the paradise!


Awesome accommodation! Literally right on the beach, with spectacular views. House sleeps three comfortably and has a pull out couch if needed. Modern furniture with a twist of retro gives the house a warm inviting feel. Fully equipped with a BBQ, outdoor furniture and plenty of parking this is a fantastic spot to relax and explore.


Excellent Location Awesome accommodation and couldn't ask for a better location, relaxing stay at Phoenix Red and the fishing was excellent, would definitely be back to visit. Accommodation had everything you needed and extra.

#5bubble review

Absolutely gorgeous stay at Golden Sand. Our 2 bedroom unit suited us to perfection and everything was spotless. The beach front location and views are stunning and our hosts most welcoming. Highly recommend this delightful spot. We’ll be back soon I hope.

Annabelle, Auckland

Outstanding slice of paradise Such a beautiful spot with a very relaxed beachy feel. Shower was outstanding and we loved how everything was there for cooking and it felt like being at home. We left feeling refreshed and wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you so much!


We would recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing break up North. This was the most perfect place to stay for a relaxing break. The view, the sound of the sea, the facilities, the decor could not have been better.

Sandra, Whangarei

This apartment was in the best location ever being right on the beach- very clean and looked quite new. Everything that ups could think of was provided and there was a great coffee shop with excellent fish and chips and lunch food right across the road also with friendly staff.

Jane T, TripAdvisor

Very warm welcome from the host, thank you Brian. The unit overlooks the picturesque beachfront of Cable Bay. Amazing. Very Kid Friendly with plagrounds closeby. High standard facilities. Awesome heat pump. Excellent shower and shops close to amenities. Chilled the whole time. Kids got to watch their favorite Nick Junior channel away from home. Quiet and secluded. Lovely to wake up to the high tide rolling waves outside your door step. Would treat the family to another stay in the future. Well worth it. Our names were on a little notice board on our arrival. A nice touch. We were emailed the arrangements of booking. Well organised.

Norma M, TripAdvisor

Fantastic place to stay, all amenities are thoughtfully placed. Very comfy bed, awesome shower and great kitchen setup. Lovely hosts and nothing was to much trouble. The views from the so are beautiful! We stayed 2 nights but will be back for a longer stay

DBee_12, TripAdvisor

'We had the most amazing time here at Rosemary’s place in Cable Bay. You could not get a better location, right on the beach with incredible views of the bay. The accommodation provides everything you need and more, with a full kitchen, laundry, BBQ and spa pool. Being dog friendly, it was perfect for us to bring our fur baby who had the time of his life enjoying the surf at Cable Bay beach and Coopers Beach. There’s plenty to do and explore in the area plus great food too - the ice cream at the local store, the Mangonui Fish Shop and The Thai restaurant are all not to be missed! Rosemary is a fantastic host and we can’t wait to come back to enjoy her slice of paradise again soon.'

Emily, Auckland

We came for a sad occasion, but our beachfront bungalow with its stunning views and beach at the doorstep, made our sad occasion much more bearable. Our hosts were very accommodating. The beds were super comfy, the bathroom was spotless and the shower pressure was awesome. The number of amenities was impressive. We wish we could stayed longer. Will def be back

ngaire m, TripAdvisor

The accommodation was ideally situated right on the beach with a high level of comfort and a stylish 'retro' feel. There was so much right on your doorstep with beautiful beach walks, nearby Mangonui and all of the far North's many natural attractions within reasonable driving distance. Sooooooo relaxing

GaryLePetit, TripAdvisor

Wow,wow & wow! My husband & I (& our little poodle) had the pleasure to stay in the Cabana for 4 nights 10/09-13/09. The accommodation was top notch and of course the position was unbeatable. Accommodation that allows pets to be included is often disappointing so Golden Sands is a keeper! The little extras provided made for money well spent. Thank you Rosemary & Brian.

Janet, Trip Advisor

We stayed at the Golden sand apartments earlier this week and wow we will be back!! Rosemary offered a fantastic service and the apartments were top notch!! We will definitely be back for a longer stay next time Highly recommended if your wanting a wee tropical but quiet get away Cheers Carly


We booked a ground floor family unit for a quick weekend break and despite growing up in the area I hadn't been here before and was looking forward to it. We were greeted by a friendly (contactless due to covid) welcome on our door and found the unit clean, tidy and had everything we needed. Kitchenette, fridge, 2 hot plates with an oven. Hair dryer, towels etc etc. The shower/toilet is open wet room so suitable for those who have mobility issues. A 10 second stroll to the beach, playground next door, dairy with hot food across the road..eateries 5 mins away in Mangonui and Taipa. Highly recommend the Waterfront Café-the scallops were sublime! My son is obsessed with fishing so we took the chance to throw the surf caster out for a few hours. Lots of bites,but sadly, no luck this time. We really enjoyed our short stay and wished we had an extra day. It was really lovely playing tourist in our own back yard and local businesses appreciated the extra support. Driftwood is wonderful. Highly recommend this place. We will return again soon!


GOLDEN SAND “Beachfront accommodation” is an understatement at this Cable Bay establishment. Its five apartments and suites are all a few jandalled steps away from sand and sea, but the beachside cabana takes the prize. It is cleverly self-contained, funkily furnished and you’ll find yourselves cancelling that restaurant dinner for homestyle burgers and kumara chips from the Cable Bay store, eaten at your outdoor table. There are loaner e-bikes for a spin to Mang┼Źnui but, honestly, you won’t want to leave. goldensand.co.nz

Kia Ora Magazine, Auckland

By far best value for money and outstanding comfort Close to the beach and very clean facilities, great for kids and those get aways you dream of, absolutely amazing staff and will definitely be staying again in the near future Five stars