Located only 30 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland (or 5 minutes by helicopter), the design of Delamore Lodge is inspired by the Mediterranean and is shaped like a Maori fish hook, with stunning panoramic views over the traditional fishing grounds of Owhanake Beach out to the Pacific Ocean.
Each of the four guests suites has a private patio and panoramic views, even from the bath. Organic spa treatments (some developed on Waiheke Island) can be arranged in the purpose built spa suite, to relax and revive after a day exploring this stunning island and its bounty. The chefs here at Delamore delight in the superb local produce, from Helio stone-oven breads, Rangihoua olive oil and oysters from Te Matukua Bay, to fish straight from the boat and fantastic meat from the local butcher.
Delamore Lodge offers a spacious guest lounge, central courtyard with a sweeping stairway linking the tropical rockpool and waterfall, a deep, cave-like Jacuzzi, a sauna, wellbeing centre and a wine cellar stocked with the very best selection from 30 local vineyards and New Zealand’s regional best. The courtyard then cascades into the striking, Italian-style fireplace and outdoor dining area. Delamore’s infinity pool leads up to a superb all-weather pavilion named the Wharenui (meeting house), with 180-degree cliff top views of the South Pacific.
Delamore Lodge has just four suites and a two-bedroom apartment, each simply designed with light colours and natural textiles and each a private cocoon of luxurious simplicity with breathtaking views of the Gulf from its private patio. Suites feature a wonderful open bath and shower and include a mini bar, fine luxury linen, hideaway TV/DVD system and plenty of space.
Delamore Lodge is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years unless all of the suites are booked by one party. For families with older children, this is a wonderful place to stay and active outdoor children will love the huge range of activities on offer from kayaking to horse riding to swimming.
Food and wine are central to the Delamore Lodge experience and gourmet breakfasts are served on the terrace or in your suite. Lunch platters can be arranged if you are not out for the day and dinners are also a very tailor made experience, perhaps even incorporating your own fishing catch. A range of wonderful treatments from reflexology to massage to reiki can be enjoyed in your suite or in the indulgent spa which also has a sauna and Jacuzzi, and there is a stunning infinity pool.
For water lovers there is swimming, diving, kayaking, fishing and sailing, On land enjoy the many beaches, golf, horse riding, galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars, vineyards and olive groves. There is a jazz festival at Easter and a food and wine festival in February and for a real once in a lifetime experience you could try a tandem paraglide or a scenic plane flight.
When to travel
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.
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Location and directions
Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Delamore Lodge is nestled into the hillside, above the sheltered waters of Owhanake Bay on the northwestern tip of Waiheke Island.
How to get there
To reach the lodge guests can choose to fly directly from Auckland International Airport, a short flight of 12-minutes, Delamore Lodge has a private helicopter pad; you can land directly on site – from the airport to sitting in your suite in 10-minutes. Or alternatively, experience Auckland's harbour and skyline from a great vantage point on the regular ferry service from the downtown ferry terminal, a journey of 35-minutes.