Waiheke Island, Auckland and the Coromandel, New Zealand
At a Glance
The Boatshed is unique - it is quirky, stylish and full of personality
Stunning coastal charm perfectly captured by designer and host, Jonathan
Panoramic views radiate from every window, across the water with yachts bobbing in the bay
Walking distance from the island centre, Oneroa
Delicious food with plenty harvested from the allotment gardens behind the property
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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.
To start planning your holiday to The Boatshed
A beautiful contemporary hotel with plenty of coastal touches and fabulous views out to sea. The Boatshed on Waiheke Island is the perfect place to relax before exploring the vineyards and food of one of New Zealand's premier wine regions.
The Boatshed is perfectly situated above a sun-drenched bay on the island of Waiheke, off the coast of Auckland. This luxury boutique, seaside hotel is inspired by the early 1900 boat sheds that scatter the country’s shores.
The Boatshed offers five luxury suites and two beach bungalows, each individual in design and style with panoramic views over the ocean. Together they form an eclectic mix of different spaces and room types each offering a unique and different experience from the three-storey Lighthouse with spiral staircase to the beach hut style Boatsheds and spacious Bungalows with freestanding baths and open fireplaces. Whatever you choose, the rooms here are relaxed, beautifully appointed and very stylish.
Dining is a relaxed affair – indulge in a memorable Mediterranean feast, something hearty in front of the fire or a private seafood platter for two on the balcony. Whichever you choose, expect fine hospitality and exceptional service.
Waiheke Island invites you to rediscover the simple pleasures. Take a stroll amongst an eclectic mix of award-winning vineyards, sophisticated alfresco restaurants, artists’ studios and galleries or along one of the many deserted, golden, sandy beaches.
The three Boatsheds have a nostalgic beach hut feel with comfy seating areas, open fires, louvered shutters and private decks with teak loungers. The three-storey Lighthouse is unique and romantic with a spiral staircase, separate room on each floor, whitewashed wooden bedroom and top floor day room with great views. The Bridge is high overlooking the beach and has a traditional porch and elegant furnishings. The two Bungalows have plenty of indoor living space and personify relaxed beach living, with a nod to the traditional kiwi 'batch' seaside holiday home. All feature: air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, mini bar, beach gear, TV, DVD player, Bose music dock, magazine/book/CD selections and Wi-Fi.
The Boatshed is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years due to the lack of formal facilities and room layouts.
Fresh, organic food is served at The Boatshed, some grown in its own gardens, all served with the best New Zealand wines in alfresco style. Eat in the dining room or dine privately wherever you like, discussing your requirements with the chef beforehand - everything from picnics to fine dining is personalised. A long list of spa treatments is available from pampering massages to reiki and invigorating body scrubs.
The long white sandy beach is a 3-minute walk and Oneroa, the local village just a 5-minute walk with cafes, galleries, bike and scooter hire. Waiheke is home to a large number of vineyards and sampling some of the vineyards' fantastic wine and restaurants is a highlight. Waiheke is also home to over 100 working artists and there are plenty of galleries and exhibitions to visit. The hotel has Mini Moke 'TOGS' to rent so you can go and explore the vineyards and beaches at leisure with a picnic.
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
From the moment I stepped off the ferry onto Waiheke Island, thee was something rather special about this place. It combined the island feel of Lord Howe in Australia, with the vineyards in South Africa - it was just magical. The Boatshed was a highlight for me, as it had the coastal feel like you were in a stylish beach hut on the Norfolk broads, but ten times better. The staff are so welcoming, and look after your every whim, from pouring you a delicious glass of local wine, to offering you an array of nibbles to keep you going through the day. With only 7 rooms, the lodge is both cosy and intimate, and is a haven for you to relax and unwind, which is something which can be very difficult to find these days. WHilst you can spend your days exploring the island, once you've settled into The Boatshed you won't want to leave.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
Instantly appealing, the Boatshed is an oasis of calm and you instantly unwind on arrival. The decor is beautiful, in the style of the perfect beach house, with white washed walls and coastal furnishings. The location is fantastic, as you can stroll into town to enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants, or take a short walk to the beach for a dip in the sea. The food is excellent, so dinner here is a real treat, enhanced by the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It is a really magical place to start your New Zealand adventures and get you immediately into the holiday mood, or alternatively a welcome break from those spending some time in Auckland.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
Being very fond of the coast, I couldn't have felt more at home and at peace at the Boatshed. With its whitewashed timber walls and natural tones of the furnishings, this gives it this extremely coastal feel. Whether you are staying in their 5 designer suites or lighthouse, your views are magnificent and the only noise will be the sound of the Tui bird in the mornings, gently waking you for your fresh breakfast. All the rooms are incredibly private and intimate, whether the sun is shining or rain lashing against the windows, you will feel so content, enjoying their book collection, drinking port in your bedrooms or tea in the main house. It is tempting to enjoy the views from The Boatshed's deck, however its well worth a walk down to the local town too, to browse the shops and artists work.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Settled on the northern face of Little Oneroa Beach, The Boatshed is a wonderfully luxurious hotel, reminiscent of the whitewashed weatherboard boatsheds that used to be dotted around these beautiful beaches. This glorious boutique property is owned and run by an imaginative father-son team and the results are inventive, eclectic, and incredibly stylish. Jonathan has designed the property himself, with meticulous attention to detail and a beautiful eye for light and space. Each of the five luxury designer suites boast views of golden beaches, the sparkling Waitemata Harbour and endless blue skies, with a wonderful restaurant at the heart of the property. I absolutely loved the whole feel of the property, with its organic vegetable gardens, light and loft spaces and nautical touches, I wanted to move in!
The new cottages that have been recently acquired are a departure from the nautical style felt throughout the main building, instead drawing inspiration from the traditional kiwi 'batch' holiday home, with a real New Zealand feel and internal weatherboard walls.
Waiheke Island itself is a home to vineyards, restaurants, artist's studios and galleries and is ringed with stunning golden beaches. It has the most wonderfully laid back, bohemian vibe and is the ultimate island getaway, just a short ferry ride from the vibrant heart of Auckland. Waiheke really is my top tip for a stay in Auckland, with downtown only a pretty ferry ride away, it is the ultimate city escape, with its Padstow-meets- Byron Bay atmosphere and stunning views.
Exclusive Gourmet Food and Wine on Waiheke - Shared
Waiheke Island located in Auckland’s Hauruki Gulf is renowned for its verdant vineyards, empty beaches and freshly caught seafood. Explore this island escape on a guided food and wine tour.
Picnic Truck Adventure Private Hire
When staying at The Boatshed, guests can make the most of their Picnic Trucks - an ideal way to explore the lesser visited parts of Waiheke Island at your own leisure in your private 4WD vehicle.
Sea kayaking to Cathedral Cove - Shared Tour
Cathedral Cove Kayaks is based in Hahei and offers the opportunity to explore the volcanic coastline. Islands, coves and sea caves are easy to find and access in a kayak. It has been described by visitors as ‘some of the best paddling in the planet’.
Waiheke Island Private Art Tour
Waiheke is currently home to over 100 working artists. Pre-eminent sculptor Dennis O'Connor came to Waiheke 40 years ago and has since gathered around him a number of like minded painters, potters and glass makers who are inspired by the island.
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Location & directions
Waiheke Island, Auckland and the Coromandel, New Zealand
The Boatshed is located on the corner of Tawa and Huia Street in the eclectic village of Oneroa. Just steps from the white sands of Little Oneroa Beach in the Hauraki Gulf, on Waiheke Island. Off the coast for New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.
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