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Hotel Highlights

  • Luxury suites with striking nautical architecture and design
  • Fine dining al fresco, capturing the chilled out coastal feel
  • Tranquil, romantic island beaches a frisbee's throw away

Overview

Nautical décor and a laid-back approach to luxury come together seamlessly at The Boatshed hotel on New Zealand's Waiheke Island, reachable only by ferry from Auckland. In the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of the North Island, this retreat is perched above the bay, showcasing views of Little Oneroa Beach below. Stylish, earth-toned details and quirky finishes – from lifebelts to telescopes – give this eccentric hotel extra character.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Boatshed with us:

A tasting plate of local Waiheke delicacies on arrival

Facilities

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Boatshed hotel – Waiheke Island – New Zealand

Need To Know

Rooms

Seven suites.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $499.54 (NZD596), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and on-island transfers.

Also

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.

At the hotel

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).

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.

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).

Packing tips

Sarong and sandals in summer – jaunty vintage sailor's hat or naval jacket in winter.

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).

Children

The hotel isn’t suitable for kids under 12, so make this a romantic break.

Eco‐friendly

The Boatshed grows some of its own fruit and vegetables in its kitchen garden.

Food & Drink

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Boatshed hotel – Waiheke Island – New Zealand

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Local Guide

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Boatshed hotel – Waiheke Island – New Zealand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Boatshed's Wellbeing Menu means the team at nearby Anu Spa are at your disposal, so order up an in-room massage to help you unwind on arrival. Done in the privacy of your suite, treatments include Polynesian Floor Work massage, which gently stretches and realigns your body. Waiheke Island (the name means 'cascading waters') offers a chilled out pace of life with golden sand beaches every which way for safe swimming, and neighbouring islands nearby if you fancy visiting more of the Hauraki Gulf's offerings. Little Oneroa Beach below the hotel, and adjacent Oneroa Beach, are just three minutes' walk away though, if you want to keep it local. From the Boatshed it's also just a short stroll to Oneroa village, where you can trawl local shops, antique and thrift stores, arts and crafts studios and galleries for stylish souvenirs, or lounge in its cafes. You can hire bikes, scooters or cars here too – or hop the 35-minute ferry to Auckland for a more full-on retail day trip.

Local restaurants

With views of vineyards and olive groves, Cable Bay Winery (+64 (0)9 372 5889; www.cablebayvineyards.co.nz) is ideal for courtyard lunches or dinners washed down with its acclaimed wine. For a mellow atmosphere, Oneroa’s Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant (+64 (0)9 372 9050; www.mudbrick.co.nz) offers award-winning cuisine, including fish and lamb, and Stonyridge Vineyard (+ 64 (0)9 372 8822) on Onetangi Road is renowned for organic reds (think cabernet blends), with a romantic veranda café. To dine on tapas on a pretty patio amid olive trees, go Spanish at Casita Miro (+64 (0)9 372 7854; www.mirovineyard.co.nz) at Miro Vineyard, 3 Brown Road, Onetangi, or hit cheery local beachside bar/restaurant Charlie Farley’s (+64 (0)9 372 4106) on the Strand at Onetangi Bay. 

Local bars

Sand Bar (+64 (0)9 372 9458), at 153 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, is handy for buzzy local drinks and music.

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Bayside bliss

The Boatshed

Crn Tawa and Huia Street, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, 1081

The boutique Boatshed is just steps from the white sands of Little Oneroa Beach on Waiheke Island, just off the coast for New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.

Planes

Auckland Airport (www.aucklandairport.co.nz) is the gateway airport for New Zealand with international flights arriving daily from a range of carriers including Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.nz; 13 24 76), American Airlines (www.aa.com; 9912 8814 from within New Zealand), British Airways (www.britishairways.com), Qantas (www.qantas.com.au; 13 13 13), Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com), and many others. Domestic flights from Wellington and Queenstown also arrive and depart daily. Ferries to Waiheke Island depart from Auckland’s ferry terminal daily. The ferry terminal is a 20-minute drive from the airport.

Other

A fast ferry service (www.fullers.co.nz; +64 9 367 9111) runs between downtown Auckland and Waiheke Island. The ferry departs hourly and takes 35 minutes. A staff member will meet you at the Waiheke ferry terminal to take you to the hotel. Sealink Car and Passenger ferries (www.sealink.co.nz; 0800 732 546) also run regularly between Auckland and Waiheke for guests travelling with cars. it is also possible to arrive via helicopter. Scenic helicopter flights from Auckland Airport to Waiheke Airfield are fast and promise spectacular views of the city, Hauraki Gulf and the vineyards and beaches of Waiheke. Helicopter transfers can be coordinated to time with your arrival at Auckland Airport, so you won’t be left waiting. Talk to the staff at The Boatshed about planning your scenic flight and chic arrival.

Reviews

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Boatshed hotel – Waiheke Island – New Zealand

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

This review of The Boathouse in Auckland is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Australia/New Zealand.  Things had not got off to an auspicious start. Flights to Auckland were full and we’d been put on stand-by, only to leave 24 hours later. Mr Smith’s luggage was lost somewhere in Abu Dhabi (it did finally arrive… three days later) and, as we trav…
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The Boatshed

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

This review of The Boathouse in Auckland is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Australia/New Zealand

Things had not got off to an auspicious start. Flights to Auckland were full and we’d been put on stand-by, only to leave 24 hours later. Mr Smith’s luggage was lost somewhere in Abu Dhabi (it did finally arrive… three days later) and, as we travel across the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand on the passenger ferry to Waiheke Island, the weather is dark and stormy.

Mercifully, the managers at the Boatshed had organised for a taxi to collect us from the jetty. The driver also randomly collected another older man, who lived locally and needed a lift. ‘The weather’s a bit crook,’ he says from the front seat, turning around to give us a wink.

Thankfully, things start to improve almost as soon as we arrive at the Boatshed, five minutes away. The sun peeks through the clouds, and Jonathan, the owner of this small, unique hotel, greets us warmly. As he’s showing us around, he tells us that the house, which is just what this feels like, started life as the beachside getaway for his designer father, David Scott. Shutters open out towards the bay, the common areas in the main house are strewn with travel books and magazines, and everything feels very homely and beachy. We finally begin to relax.

The attention to detail extends to the accommodation. There are just seven rooms and Jonathan shows us to our Boathouse Suite (there’s no official check-in, forms to fill out or talk of money – how chic and discreet). Even Mr Smith, who’s still feeling put out about his bags, raises a smile. The pale tones, nautical touches (a large model yacht reminds us of what this part of the world is famous for), comfy sitting area and huge bed made up with super-soft linens and piles of pillows are completely gorgeous. There’s also an entertainment system with a selection of CDs. ‘Look,’ says Mr Smith, holding up discs by V V Brown and Sebastien Tellier, ‘there are even ones we like.’ Things are definitely on the up. Then we notice our private deck. There’s a view of the ocean, a pair of deckchairs and it’s undercover, so we can retreat there for book-reading and snoozing if the rain makes a reappearance.

Our international flight means we’ve arrived early, so Jonathan has organised breakfast for us. Fruit, yoghurt, toast and freshly brewed coffee certainly are a welcome change after more than 24 hours of aeroplane food. We even make a new friend; Jonathan’s sweet pooch, Rupert, nuzzles up to Mr Smith and makes him finally forget that he’s supposed to be grumpy.

With jet-lag taking hold, we could easily come over all supine on the deck and watch the day disappear, but Waiheke Island is waiting to be explored. The closest village, Oneroa, is just a 10-minute walk away along a beachfront path. It’s a peaceful village, with a few shops, cafés and galleries. We stop at the i-SITE (for the uninitiated, that’s the tourist information office) and are told that while there’s no shortage of activities on offer – Connells Bay Sculpture Park, sea kayaking, horse riding and scuba diving – we shouldn’t miss the wineries.

We jump on the local bus and tell the driver we’re heading to Stonyridge Vineyard. He drops us at the end of a dirt track with just a sign pointing us in the right direction. Fortune favours the brave, so we traipse off and soon feel as though we’ve been transported into the heart of Tuscany. The afternoon has turned on the sunshine, before us are rolling fields of vines, olives and lavender, and there’s a spectacular building housing a café and cellar door. There’s also a tour of the winery, but we decide instead to grab a table on the veranda and sample the tapas menu and merlot.

Eventually we call a taxi and take our tipsy selves to the east side of the island and the village of Onetangi. There’s not a whole lot to do but take a long stroll along the beach, admiring the houses that overlook the bay. We loved the wine at Stonyridge so much that we decide to stop at Charlie Farley’s, the local bar, for some more but instead put away a couple of shandies.

With the sun setting, we head back to our love nest at the Boatshed. Mr Smith, sent to fetch a DVD, comes back with – well, it’s a chick flick if you must know. But let’s pretend it was something arthousey. What more could you want? To stay awake for it, for a start. I nap through most of the second half of the film before Mr Smith rouses me for dinner at the main house. Jonathan is playing chef tonight and serves up some beautiful canapés, glasses of wine and a three-course meal. We love the entrée of ravioli with crispy pancetta, king prawns and burnt butter sauce. Back at our boudoir, the turndown fairies have been: the candles are lit, music is playing softly and we slip between the crisp sheets. I know, I know, call the cliché police – there’s just no other way to put it – it’s the perfect end to a perfect day.

 

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Reviews of The Boatshed from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

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We loved

I loved the wonderful ambience, great host and delicious food.

Rating: 10/10 stars