No.3 Pilot's House on the Aramoana Spit

Bach or holiday home | Aramoana | #8102

9.5/10 (101 ratings)
  • 5 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Historic Pilot's Cottage nestled in the dunes of Aramoana Spit between the ocean beach and the tidal flats.

Experience wide ever-changing skies and a landscape where the tides and the sealions rule.

Collect cockles and mussels at low tide. Enjoy being stranded at high tide.

Watch albatrosses, godwits, herons, and yellow-eyed penguins coming in at dusk.

Fish from The Mole, kayak to Te Ngaru and surf at Lion's Rock. Wave at the cruise ships going by, then come inside and hole up by the open fire.

Only 15 mins from the shops and cafes of Port Chalmers and 30 mins from Dunedin.

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:

Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Special conditions:

Longer negotiable.

Bookings minimum 4 days

Extras: Linen (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;


  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Kayak(s)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 1

    1 x Double bed

  • Bedroom 2

    2 x Narrow single bed

  • Living Room

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed


Maybe booked

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

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  • We had a fantastic time staying at the sand house exactly what...

    We had a fantastic time staying at the sand house exactly what you want from a good old kiwi Bach! Thanks so much

    EmmaHa18 new member Sep 2018

  • Stunning, private location

    Stunning, private location. The Sand House is a wonderfully unique place to stay. I am from Dunedin and appreciate the short drive that ends by arriving to a place that feels like its a million miles away.

    TaneaP44 100%|5x Sep 2018

  • We so enjoyed our stay at The Sand House

    We so enjoyed our stay at The Sand House. It has so much character, and obviously the location is stunning! We particularly appreciated the open fire and all the spare blankets - good to warm up on a rainy weekend!

    genevievescanlan 100%|1x May 2018

  • What a great place to relax! We wanted a low key and...

    What a great place to relax! We wanted a low key and fun vacation spot and we found it! Just wish we could have stayed longer! Thank you for a great holiday!

    Jholla4 100%|1x Apr 2018

  • We just adored staying there , even if there was a storm...

    We just adored staying there , even if there was a storm , lots of hail and wind . The house was very clean , lots of firewood , fresh flowers and we felt at home . We enjoyed some lovely walks on the beach , even with the hail showers , saw some seals and sea lions . Staying at the sand house is definitely a unique and wonderful experience . Thank you very much for letting others enjoy your special family home . Hope to come back in the summer .

    Valeriejachev 100%|3x Apr 2018

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