Style Nautical chic
Setting Bayside bliss
Set on Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf, just over half an hour's ferry ride from New Zealand's North Island city hub Auckland, blissful beachside boutique hotel The Boatshed combines nautical design with laid-back luxe. Perched above a bay, rooms enjoy panoramic views of Little Oneroa beach, and inside the stylish, pale-toned decor includes quirky touches such as telescopes and lifebelts.
Need to know
- Rooms Seven suites.
Double rooms from $453.51 (NZD561), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (NZD561) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include breakfast and on-island transfers.
- Facilities DVD, CD and book library. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD players, iPod dock, free WiFi, minibar, Living Nature toiletries, beach kit (including parasol, sun hats, beach bag, sand mat and sunblock).
- Poolside There's no pool, but the ocean is only three minutes' stroll away (the hotel's white-shell walkways and timber boardwalks make it a pleasant journey).
- Check-out 12pm, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
- Children The hotel isn’t suitable for kids under 12, so make this a romantic break.
- Also For stylish beach-hopping, hire one of the Boatshed’s speedy Mini Moke Togs – Jeep-style buggies replete with an iPod loaded with jazzy, summery tunes (NZ$150 a day; book one when you reserve your room).
Food and drink at The Boatshed
- Hotel restaurant Join other guests in the light, airy dining room, or opt for private dining on your balcony, by the fire or alfresco. There is a daily-changing lunch menu (NZ$20–$35) and a four-course dinner (NZ$110). Enjoy fresh Mediterranean-style fare, gourmet meat cuts or seafood platters (grilled scampi or barbecued snapper are our top tips). The free breakfast teams roasted Waiheke coffee with heavenly hot dishes such as ricotta hotcakes with maple-poached figs.
- Dress code White linen separates and a striped Breton top for relaxed seaside chic.
- Top table For breathtaking ocean views, ask to be seated out on the deck.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 8am, lunch all day long and dinner from 7.30pm. If you want a late dinner just arrange this with the hotel. Dinner is exclusive to Boatshed guests, so you have the staff's full attention.
- Room service Available 24 hours a day with a changing menu, or request a picnic. If you’re dining privately at the Lighthouse Suite you can have dishes delivered via a trad dumb waiter.
- Hotel bar Open all day, the bar sports an impressive list of local wines. The speciality cocktail is a Moscow Mule with organic ginger beer; the soundtrack spans jazz and Café del Mar tunes. There’s also free port in-room for sunset lounging.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
The Boatshed Crn Tawa and Huia Street, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, 1081
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In the know
Our favourite rooms
We adore the three Boatshed Suites for a nostalgic beach hut look; open up the pale louvred shutters and enjoy sea breezes from your sunlounger on the secluded decks. Most romantic, though, is three-storey retreat the Lighthouse, a whitewashed wooden hideaway with a separate bedroom and dayroom; vast glass doors lead onto private decks. Keep an eye on passing boats with the handy telescope. Two new Bungalow Suites have recently been added to the property.
Sarong and sandals in summer – jaunty vintage sailor's hat or naval jacket in winter.
Rooms come with handy beach kit, including umbrella, hats, beach bag, sand mat and sunscreen. If you fancy chilling out, beauty and spa treatments can be arranged in your boudoir.
From the Guestbook…
Our long weekend at the Boatshed coincided with one of the most stormy and windy weekends to buffet Auckland and Waiheke Island, but what did it matter we had found the perfect por...more