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Cor­ner of Tawa and Huia streets, Lit­tle Oneroa

Over­look­ing Lit­tle Oneroa Beach, The Boatshed com­bines the warmth of a B&B with the pri­vacy of a ho­tel. Homely touches in the nine Hamp­tons­esque suites and stand­alone cot­tage in­clude a de­canter of port left by the win­dow and a care­fully packed beach bag by the door. Then there’s the cosy log fire and hard­back books that draw guests to the lounge, where the aroma of bak­ing bread – stud­ded with oregano and es­chalots from the gar­den – an­nounces din­ner.


124 Ocean View Road, Oneroa ho­tel.qan­­terinn

Feast­ing on lo­cal Te Matuku oys­ters on the sunny deck of The Oys­ter Inn is an es­sen­tial Wai­heke ex­pe­ri­ence. Stay in one of the three gue­strooms and, come break­fast, you can do it all again with a Tai­wanese-style oys­ter omelette. A de­signer day bed, a spacious bath­room with Ae­sop prod­ucts and win­dows that take ad­van­tage of the salty sea breeze make the sim­ple, beachy rooms feel spe­cial.

If you don’t want to drive NEW ZEALAND PREMIUM TOURS


You can get around the is­land by taxi or bus but your best bet is a pri­vate wine-tast­ing tour with Lily Gar­bac­cio Valina. A lo­cal who lives and breathes Wai­heke wines, she will ad­just the itin­er­ary as she gets a feel for the va­ri­etals you pre­fer. Her Audi Q 7 is equipped with ev­ery­thing from a pic­nic ham­per to handy red-wine stain re­mover.

Is­land liv­ing at The Oys­ter Inn (above) and The Boatshed

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