Just a 45-minute ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke Island’s serene vineyards and beaches feel a world away from New Zealand’s largest city.
Waiheke Island attracts visitors from all over the world. Its incredible showcase of scenic sights, adventurous attractions and classy wine-tasting venues are greatly complemented by a special collection of boutique hotels. Here are some of the best places to check into while exploring this idyllic New Zealand destination.
This luxurious resort has got it all: remarkable views, first-class spa facilities, a spacious events pavilion and stunning guest suites. The Delamore Lodge sits on a hillside overlooking the Owhanake Bay and very much brings a Mediterranean feel to the island. If you’re feeling a bit romantic, this lush venue offers special getaway packages and even hosts weddings.
Part restaurant, part boutique hotel, with a full infusion of incredible vistas, the Oyster Inn has made a name for itself by producing some the finest seafood delicacies, as well as providing a great deal of hospitality. Guests can easily access the Oneroa’s main attractions from the hotel’s prime location – offering the perfect balance between intrepid exploring and relaxation.
If a romantic, 200-degree view of the Hauraki Gulf appeals to you, Enclosure Bay is the place to go. This lovely boutique hotel resides between Little Oneroa and Palm Beach – so it’s no wonder the venue takes a lot of pride in its surrounding vistas. Enclosure Bay also has a penchant for exclusivity, as the hotel comprises three intimate rooms: two guest suites and one smaller bedroom.
This low-key hotel is a nice place for some R&R after a day of vineyard exploring. The Waiheke Island Resort comprises different apartment units and villas. Its swimming pool overlooks the island’s gorgeous Palm Beach, and there’s also a tennis court nearby for sporty travellers to enjoy.
Set in the grounds of the inimitable Mudbrick Vineyard, these cottages possess everything that makes the winery so magical: incredible views, fairytale surroundings and rustic-chic French-accented interiors. Comprising just two cottages that sleep two adults (and a child if need be), they are the ultimate romantic getaway. Wander up the garden path to the vineyard restaurant for an intimate meal accompanied by the vineyard’s award-winning wines, then head back for an evening soak in your own private spa pool to cap off a dreamy evening.
Wake up to panoramic views over native bush to the ocean beyond at Te Whau Lodge, where you can make the most of the incredible vantage point over a Nespresso coffee, without even leaving your bed. In the evening, take a glass of locally produced wine onto your private balcony to watch the sunset, or head down to the lodge’s private beach for a hidden picnic. Breakfast is included, so you can fuel up in the morning – be it for a day of wine tasting, or simply soaking up the sun and exploring the island’s beaches.