Referred to as one of the world’s top travel destinations, Waiheke Island is the perfect escape from the busy, urban city life. A lovely sunny island with its own microclimate, Waiheke Island is a subtropical island paradise. Wherever you look on the island, you will find yourself surrounded by gorgeous sea views. To get there, take a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and you’ll arrive at Waiheke Ferry Terminal at Matiatia Wharf, the main harbour at Waiheke Island. Unsure where to settle in on the island before discovering all of its secrets? Waiheke Island is well-equipped with all kinds of accommodations, including bed and breakfasts, inns, and Airbnb vacation rentals! For the best stay, read on below and discover the best hotels in Waiheke Island.
A stunning white-washed waterfront bed and breakfast, Breakfast on the Beach Lodge is a 5-star hotel overlooking Gulf Harbour. It is located in the town centre, 30 meters (98.4 feet) away from Blackpool Beach. It is also near Oneroa Beach.
The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, free parking, and gourmet breakfasts every morning that you can enjoy in their dining area or outdoors. The rooms are equipped with spacious bathrooms, lounges, TVs with satellite channels, DVD players, and a lovely view of the sea.
Even if you were to stay in the hotel for the whole day, there are tons of relaxing activities to indulge in, such as relaxing in the courtyard furnished with a garden, spa pool, and hammock. The hotel even has a library equipped with an extensive collection of books and DVDs for a fruitful time indoors.
Breakfast on the Beach Lodge is guaranteed to provide you with the most luxurious experience on the Hauraki Gulf that will make you feel like you are in a sunny paradise.
Possibly the highest-rated hotel on Waiheke Island, Delamore Lodge is located only 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the Waiheke ferry terminal. This luxurious 5-star hotel is built at a hillside, and it has a view of the stunning Owhanake Bay.
Delamore Lodge is committed to ensuring a smooth and luxurious experience for all guests from the very moment you arrive on the island. Free transfers are provided from the ferry terminal, and gourmet breakfasts are provided every morning. The hotel also has free parking if you wish to drive around the island, and free Wi-Fi. Be sure to have dinner at the hotel as well, as they provide free pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and private patios so you can truly enjoy beachfront living. The suites are furnished with a minibar and a flat-screen TV with DVD / CD player, and bathrooms are equipped with showers, baths, luxury bathrobes, and slippers.
The hotel has an abundance of amenities to keep you luxuriated, such as a tropical pool with a waterfall, a cave-like spa pool and a sauna. Moreover, with prior bookings, you can enjoy a day spa or massage. The hotel even has its very own wine cellar in the north-western part of the island, featuring award-winning New Zealand wines.
3. The Boatshed
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The Boatshed has everything for a luxurious stay on Waiheke Island! A 5-star hotel with a romantic garden setting, this elegant boutique hotel is located near the town center, making it a smart choice if you plan on traveling around the island often. It is only 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the Waiheke ferry terminal, and a short 8-minute walk from the gorgeous Oneroa Beach.
Whatever you are craving, the Boatshed has it all! This versatile hotel consists of several different coastal cottages, each with different styles that provide unique experiences. Whichever cottage you choose, you will be dazzled by the stunning architecture, art pieces, and panoramic seaviews that these designer suites have to offer.
The Boatshed’s cottages are the most inexpensive option, and are cozy, nostalgic-looking beach huts that will provide the most authentic beachside-living experience. For a romantic honeymoon or anniversary, the Lighthouse Cottages are the best option, as they come with a waiter for cozy private dining within the comfort of your cottage. Bridge Cottages are built on higher elevations so, like from a ship’s bridge, you can have a stunning view of the ocean from your cottage. These cottages come exclusively with an internal porch and living room amenities. Lastly, the Bungalows provide a relaxing private space for couples or families. These options include a free-standing bath for two, a luggage and dressing room, and living room amenities.
All cottages are equipped with air-conditioning, an open fire, complimentary treats, beach gear, a mini bar, a TV, a DVD player, CD player and iPod dock, magazine and book selections, and, most importantly, free Wi-Fi! Private all-day dining can be requested as well!
With a booking beforehand, have a spa in your own suite! For meals, enjoy an exquisite fine-dining experience al fresco style, so you can admire the view while eating, and sink your teeth into fresh, home-grown produce directly from the gardens in The Boatshed. Since Waiheke Island is known for its great wine, winery tours can be scheduled from the reception to Mud Brick Waiheke Vineyard, Restaurant and Cafe, Stonyridge Winery and Restaurant, and other wineries on the island. Furthermore, be sure to try out one of their thoughtfully-designed spa packages, such as the Honeymoon Retreat, Jet Lag Recovery, and others.
The Boatshed Boutique Hotel
Address: Cnr Tawa and Little 0,, Huia St, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Price: from 473 USD upwards
Access: 7-minute drive or 8-minute bus ride from Matiatia Wharf.
Contact: +64 (09) 372 3242
Located by the hillside above Palm Beach, Waiheke Island Resort is a peaceful beachside sanctuary surrounded by subtropical gardens. Due to the 4-star hotel’s central location, it is close to many vineyards and winery restaurants, and only a 5-minute drive from Palm Beach.
The hotel offers free parking and Wi-Fi. The rooms are fully furnished to meet all your needs. They all have air-conditioning, proper kitchen facilities (stoves, microwaves and fridges), a flat screen TV with satellite channels, and a private balcony to enjoy some quiet time and the cool sea breeze.
There are a myriad of amenities in the hotel to help make your stay as comfortable and entertaining as possible. The hotel consists of a self-service laundry facility, a swimming pool with a sweeping view of the sea, and a complimentary tennis court. Additionally, the hotel has a petanque pit, a games similar to boules where the objective is to throw steel balls as close to wooden balls as possible while standing within a circle. If you have some spare time to kill in the hotel, or if you are enthusiastic about the game, feel free to play some petanque with other hotel guests!
Inns, apartments and B&Bs
Hotels on Waiheke Island offer a premium experience on this scenic island. However, if you are yearning for a more laid-back accommodation and to feel at home on Waiheke, the island has a multitude of inns, apartments, and bed and breakfasts to select from!
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The inn consists of 3 rooms, all of which have clean, white-washed, and modern designs bathed in sunlight. The rooms are also furnished with a selection of art pieces from New Zealand and Britain. All of the rooms are equipped with a safe, underfloor heating, a minibar, luxury bathroom amenities, heating, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a DVD player, iPod dock, large flat screen TV with SkyTV, and last but definitely not least, free Wi-Fi. The inn puts extra thought and care into ensuring an enjoyable stay with them. This includes a complimentary transport to and from the Waiheke Ferry Terminal and complimentary breakfast - a lovely start to a day on the island.
Just below the rooms, the Oyster Inn Restaurant serves fresh catches from the island itself. Open daily from noon, a must-try in the restaurant is the freshly-caught oysters, of course. The Oyster Inn also has a bar, where you can meet other guests or locals and have a drink … or an oyster. Also, the Oyster Inn Beach Shop sells all kinds of stylish beach essentials, including their signature white and yellow towels and jandals. Other amenities nearby include a bike rental station and wine tours at vineyards.
Enclosure Bay is a contemporary, luxurious bed and breakfast, from which you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf islands, such as The Coromandel, Great Barrier Island, Rakino Island, and Rangitoto Island. It is located only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the Waiheke Ferry Terminal, and 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the magnificent Whakanewha Regional Park.
Choose from 3 types of suites and rooms at Enclosure Bay. The Great Barrier suite has one bedroom, large windows that allow the room to be flooded with light, and a barbecue pit. The Waiheke Suite is furnished with beach-inspired decor, including the timber floors. Lastly, the Little Barrier room is an intimate space for a romantic stay. Every room and suite consists of a private deck where you can take panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf and, if lady luck is on your side that day, orcas and dolphins! Each room is also equipped with a kitchenette, including cooking essentials like a microwave and tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, heat pumps, TVs with access to SkyTV, DVD players, and stereos. Parking and Wi-Fi are free.
Enclosure Bay is located near vineyards, restaurants, and diving and fishing spots. There is also a luxurious spa pool within the establishment.
Address: 9 Great Barrier Road, Oneroa
18.29 km (11.4 mi) from Lloyd Elsmore Park
Receiving a multitude of exceptional ratings online, the Oneroa Secret Garden Apartments, located in Oneroa, is one of the best places to stay on the island. Located near the town centre and ferry terminals, Oneroa Secret Garden Apartments is one of the most popular choices of accommodation by tourists visiting Waiheke Island. The apartments are also very close to award-winning vineyards and wedding venues. Stay within the tranquil, beautifully manicured gardens and admire the teeming bird life here!
Two private studio apartments are featured, the Paua Studio and Pohutukawa Studio, which are similar, except that the Pohutukawa Studio is wheelchair friendly. The establishment offers free parking and Wi-Fi. Each apartment consists of a living and dining area, a garden, barbecue pit, a well-equipped kitchen with microwaves, toasters, refrigerators, and kettles, and private bathrooms. The rooms are also equipped with flat screen TVs with satellite channels, blu-ray players, air-conditioning, and heaters. Furnished with their own private decks, you can enjoy a glass of wine with a lovely garden view. Alternatively, take a stroll along the garden boardwalk to a scenic outdoor patio.
Perfect for a quiet, romantic escape, The Moorings Studio Apartments is nested in a private location in Matiatia Bay, Oneroa. The apartments are centrally located; it is only a 20-minute walk to Oneroa village, a 3-minute drive to award-winning vineyards, such as Cable Bay and Mud Brick, and 200 meters (656 feet) from Matiatia Wharf.
Upon arrival, a special welcome hamper will be waiting in the suites. The chic apartments provide free Wi-Fi and parking. Each suite is furnished with a well-equipped kitchenette that comes with a microwave and refrigerator. Highly raved about online for its spectacular views, each suite also has a private deck that looks over the Hauraki Bay, Rangitoto Island and the Auckland skyline. The suites also have walk-in showers, barbecue pits, outdoor umbrellas, tables and chairs, and loungers.
The Moorings offers several amenities and services. If you are looking for a place for dinner, an enjoyable night out at a recommended restaurant on the island can be arranged with the reception staff beforehand. Also, look out for a pathway that leads to the beach, where you can embark on a lovely evening stroll by the beach.
Founded by Mr and Mrs B, Simply B is a relaxing yoga retreat and bed and breakfast that is only a 3-minute drive from the main village. An environmentally-aware and nature-loving establishment, the founders of Simply B started a restoration program in the area, and the program has successfully planted over 4,000 trees. Waltz through the orchards and veggie gardens, and stroll past the olive trees and enjoy the cool sea breeze at this ultimate sanctuary. Simple B is only a 12-minute drive from EcoZip Adventures, a 10-minute walk from Palm Beach, and it is a 10-minute bike ride to Goldie Wines, the oldest vineyard on the island.
Care for an exotic outdoor living experience? Live in Simply B’s Yurts, round outdoor tents that originated in Mongolia, where you can really be at one with nature. Each tent comes with a terrace with reclining chairs overlooking the gorgeous Putiki Bay, a double bed, lounge chairs, a coffee maker, and more amenities to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay. After nightfall, roofs can be opened to reveal the gorgeous starry night sky. Moreover, the yurts come with one of the best features of all: free Wi-Fi.
If you feel like stretching, private or communal yoga sessions can also be arranged within the comfort of your yurt.
Encircled by trees and gardens, The Courtyard is a gorgeous getaway immersed in lush greenery. You also get real bang for your buck! The bus stop is right outside the gates of the apartments, making The Courtyard extremely accessible. Enjoy a fun day at Blackpool Beach, Little Oneroa Beach, and the golden Oneroa Beach, which are only a few minutes from your apartment. The Courtyard is also only a 5-minute drive from vineyards and wedding venues.
Enjoy the outdoors with the gorgeous garden view at The Courtyard, where birds such woodpigeons and kingfishers mingle. The Courtyard features two lovely en suites, a fresh, chic beach house, and a cozy, luxurious apartment. The apartments are furnished with beach-style decor, a private patio, an outdoor dining area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Furthermore, rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, radios, hair dryers, heated towel rails, and free toiletries. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, parking, and barbecue facilities as well.
Address: 16 Moa Ave, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand (see map)
Price: from 97 USD onwards
Access: 5-minute drive from Matiatia Wharf
Contact: +64 9-372 3443
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Located at Onetangi, away from the busy village area, Muirbrae Bed & Breakfast is a little quiet sanctuary away from the bustle. Enjoy living with an abundance of native birds at this tranquil getaway, or take a dip at Onetangi Beach which is 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) from Muirbrae If you wish to explore the island, Muirbrae B&B is only 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) from the nearest bus stop.
Transportation to and from the ferry terminal can be arranged beforehand. The B&B provides free Wi-Fi and private parking. Consisting of two apartments, the Dixon room and West room, Muirbrae B&B is a comfortable accommodation suitable for two. The apartments have lovely seating areas looking out at the sea or garden, and a shared viewing deck and lounge where you can wine and dine with your next door neighbors.
Apartments are equipped with flat screen TVs with freeview channels, tea and coffee making facilities, a small fridge, heated towel rails, hair dryers, and toiletries. Muirbrae offers the traditional B&B experience, as you will be personally serviced by the friendly hosts. If you require assistance booking wine tours, massages, pedicures, or fishing trips, the hosts are always ready and happy to help.
Muirbrae Bed & Breakfast
Address: 12 Woollams Rd, Onetangi, Auckland 1081, New Zealand (see map)
Price: from 118 USD onwards
Access: 20-minute drive from Matiatia Wharf
Contact: +64 9-372 2974
Having no affiliation with the classical German musician, a bach (pronounced as ‘batch’) is a holiday home by the sea, lake, river, or forest, as commonly found in New Zealand. An iconic part of New Zealand’s culture and history, baches provide an experience you cannot find anywhere else in the world. If you wish for the ultimate accommodation by the sea, you have to try living in a bach.
Situated close to Oneroa Beach, this comfortable bach is suitable for 2 people, perfect for couples. The bach is only a few minutes from Little Oneroa, and a 5-minute drive from award-winning vineyards. It is also near the main village, so restaurants, cafes, and boutiques are easily accessible. If you are looking for a cozy little apartment at a reasonable rate, look no further!
Recognised for their excellent service, the thoughtful and friendly hosts will be there to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Enjoy fresh eggs from chickens on the bach, free cleaning, and linen. Have a nice quiet barbecue at the private patio within a garden. Whether you are craving a fun day outside or a chilled time inside, this bach has got you covered. The bach provides complimentary push bikes, helmets, and body boards if you are seeking an adventure, and also board games, cards, and a selection of books to keep you entertained indoors. Fully-equipped with a TV with freeview channels, a DVD player, iPod dock, tea and coffee facilities, microwave, fridge (cereal and milk included), baby cots, mobile coverage, air-conditioning, and heat pumps, this bach will ensure that all your needs are met.
If you stay for 4 nights or more, you can get 1 free night!
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Ideal for a small group or family of 4, this private bach is nestled within native bushes near Onetangi Beach. Overlooking Onetangi Beach, this bach is around a 20-minute drive from the main village at Oneroa, and it is suitable for couples or families looking for somewhere tranquil and away from all the buzz.
Consisting of two double bedrooms and one single bed, the bach is inspired by open-plan living. Decks are bathed in sunlight and offer a great sea view. Furnished with a barbecue pit and spa pool, the bach offers complimentary use of a 4-wheel drive for a comfortable journey around the island. The apartment is equipped with a TV with SkyTV, a DVD player, heat pump, mobile coverage, washing machine, kitchen with gas power, an oven and microwave, and Wi-Fi.
The hosts provide free cleaning, and 1 free night’s stay if you are staying for 4 nights or more.
Another peaceful accommodation, this romantic bach is the perfect place to stay at with your significant other. Wake up to the sounds of tuis and wood pigeons, and a gorgeous view of the Oneroa Beach and Hauraki Gulf. The bach is only a 5 minute drive to Oneroa village, and located near a bus stop. If you fancy a stroll, take the scenic route along the beach that will lead you to the village in 20 minutes.
The bach comes with a huge sunny deck, where you can have a romantic evening sipping on wine and watching the sunset. The kitchenette in the bach is well prepared for all your culinary adventures, and come equipped with an electric burner stovetop, microwave, small fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Alternatively, have a cosy little barbecue on the deck. The rest of the bach is equipped with electric blankets, a flatscreen TV with freeview, a DVD player, heated towel racks, toiletries and hair dryers. Enjoy mobile phone coverage, free wifi, cleaning and linen.
Moana Vista Cottage
Address: 44 Queens Dr, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Price: from USD134.66 onwards
Access: 9 minute drive from Matiatia Wharf
Traveling with a large group? Check out this bach that is suitable for up to 10 people and located in a quiet spot teeming with bird life. Relax with your family or friends in the well-manicured gardens and watch the birds. Moreover, the bach is only a short walk away from Oneroa village, where you can stop by one of the bars, cafes, restaurants, boutique shops, or the gorgeous golden Oneroa Beach. It is also within walking distance of the award-winning vineyards if you wish to do some wine tasting.
The bach consists of 4 bedrooms and two levels: 2 bunk beds on the first level, and 3 queen-sized beds on the second level. On the top level, enjoy a panoramic view of the island from the sunny deck. There is also a barbecue where you can have a nice meal at with friends or family. The bach also has SkyTV, air-conditioning, a heat pump, radio, stereo, a fridge, microwave, oven, washing machine, and 2 bathrooms, one of which has a spa pool. Furthermore, the bach offers mobile coverage, Wi-Fi, and broadband connection.
Stay for 5 nights or more and earn 1 free night at this bach!
Oneroa, Waiheke - Close to Village. Sleeps 10
Address: 28 Mako St, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Price: from 138.11 USD upwards
Access: 4-minute drive from Matiatia Wharf, or 15-minute walk
Stay in paradise!
Whether you are hoping for an adventure or some quiet time, Waiheke Island has the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. Live in the laps of luxury on the island, where you are surrounded by gorgeous sceneries all around.
The best time to visit Waiheke Island is during the spring and summer months of October to February. Expect to see lots of visitors during the peak spring period from October to April. Waiheke Island is also great to visit during the winter and autumn months if you are seeking a quieter vacation.
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