The Boatshed

Calming, salt-washed decor and quirky nautical touches will have you feeling like you're on your own private island at this boutique Waiheke hotel.
Sarah Templeton
Published on November 17, 2021
Updated on September 15, 2022


When you want a local getaway to feel like you've actually, well, gotten away, Waiheke Island is the obvious choice. It requires a boat journey to get there (or a helicopter, if you're feeling particularly flash), but it's only about 35 minutes from the city. One of our favourite spots for an island escape is The Boatshed, a boutique six bedroom hotel based in Little Oneroa, which combines stunning ocean views, easy access to the beach, walking tracks and just the right level of privacy.

A masterclass in laidback luxury thanks to a calming, salt-washed decor and quirky nautical touches like telescopes and lifebelts, it's the little touches at the Boatshed that remind you you're in a five-star space.

If you're staying in the lighthouse suite, don't worry about venturing down the three-story spiral staircase for breakfast. Instead enjoy your service lift for private meal service: order from the kitchen and it will appear in your room in no time. Or if you want to enjoy a five-star version of your quintessential childhood holiday, stay in one of the bungalows — they're modelled on a classic Kiwi bach, but you know, one with a giant bath in the living area. Complimentary treats, an evening port, and beach gear including umbrellas, sun hats, and a beach bag are all provided.

If you feel like going on a meander, the kitchen's organic vegetable garden the back of the hotel is worth investigating — you'll soon see exactly where your award-winning dinner is coming from. Otherwise a series of wineries, white sand beaches and boutique shops are all minutes from the front door — let Jonathan and his team guide you on the best way to spend your day.



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