Corner of Tawa and Huia streets, Little Oneroa boatshed.co.nz
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.
THE OYSTER INN
124 Ocean View Road, Oneroa hotel.qantas.com.au/theoysterinn
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