February 1, 2018

Where to stay on Waiheke Island!

Ever since Lonely Planet ranked Waiheke Island (just half an hour by ferry from downtown Auckland) in their Top 5 list of the best regions in the world to visit in 2015, the little island that seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city across the water has been booming.

It’s idyllic climate is a microcosm of Auckland. It can be raining and drizzly in the city but the sun will be shining on the endless beaches and bays that surround this wiggly shaped island. If you’re a boatie those beaches and bays make for a perfect escape as there is always a nook to anchor in for a bit of shelter.

If you’re a wine lover then how does 30 cellar doors sound? Here is a link to (so far) my 8 favourite wineries to visit for lunch or just a tipple on Waiheke >>

Batch Winery views Waiheke

Just a casual lunch at the Batch winery with views of Auckland

But while the people may be coming out here in their droves, big business isn’t. Which is lovely. The only fast food you’ll find on the island is fish n chip shops where your order is made fresh, the wood fired pizza truck at Little Oneroa beach or the Indian and Thai restaurants and a couple of burger places that cook your meal while you wait as about as speedy as it gets around here.

All that to say, there are no sky scraping hotels or chain restaurants. In fact there is very little in the way of hotels and motels and instead a whole lot of personal houses available for rent.

So, where to stay on Waiheke Island?


Be My Guest is a property management company, locally owned on Waiheke, which has a portfolio of more than 30 properties dotted all over the island at all prices. Think huge sprawling farm house with sweeping views of the city which can sleep 18, to a cosy cottage tucked away in bush where native birds play and sing. There are fancy, modern properties with infinity pools high on a cliff to waterfront houses with monstrous decks for long evenings around the barbecue sharing tales and a bottle from one of the local wineries.

Here are six that I had a look through to write about and (hopefully) help make your choice a little easier as you decide where you might stay and with how many of your nearest and dearest.

Onetangi Luxury – sleeps up to 10

Luxury deck Waiheke

The beautiful sun deck

Set high on the hill overlooking Onetangi Beach, one of the most stunning, and certainly the biggest, white sandy beach on Waiheke Island, this modern, luxury house has all the bells and plenty of whistles. Drive up the driveway, past other houses that share this amazing view and you’ll arrive at the back of the house where first impressions are deceiving. You can see nothing of what lies behind the massive glass front door at first. Photos are hard to do this place justice as there is a pool that starts in the lawn on the left of the house, goes under the hallway and ends with an infinity drop off to the view. Just wow.

Luxury infinity pool Waiheke Island

The infinity pool that goes under the house!

The indoor/outdoor living of this home is breathtaking so whichever way the wind might be coming, if at all, you have a deck to sit on. The front deck overlooking that view is the hero though and the huge table is begging for friends to sit around it and tell tall tales.

There are five bedrooms all sleeping two each and four have those killer views, a gas fire in the lounge and heat pumps in the rooms for a cosy winter stay too. Hallways and different levels ensure separate wings and the huge kitchen has a scullery for a fabulous dinner together.


Puriri Valley – sleeps up to 18

Farm house accommodation Waiheke

The stunning farmhouse at sunset

This stunning farmhouse sits above its own vineyard and is the ideal escape for a couple of families, a wedding party, or even some of the guests!

It sleeps up to 18 with six bathrooms and there are a couple of gorgeous spaces in here you’ll gravitate to and not want to leave – even though Mudbrick is only down the road and Cable Bay a stone’s throw from there.

Driving up to the house you’ll park on the circular drive and a double story rustic barn will be the first thing to catch your eye.

Rustic farmhouse lounge Waiheke

Looking from one fire place to the other!

Step in here and you’ll find up to ten people and can be accommodated in an open plan loft with three double beds (ideal for a family of teens), a master room and a little studio room.

But walk past the draping wisteria into the main farm house and you’ll step down into the great room with an enormous window that draws you into the view over Matiatia and all the way to the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Luxury accomodation view Waiheke

The views over the vines to Auckland

The huge kitchen has been repainted and a builder’s block bench links to a farm table which I’m sure could tell a tale or two if it could talk! Two lounges are connected with an open fire the separates the rooms and outside is another fireplace and long table for long yarns under the sun set. This venue can even cater for small weddings to a max of 40, so if that sounds like you, just drop them a line.

Oh and if you like local art, they have a cool arrangement with a gallery to show the work of New Zealand artists with the pieces available for sale. And no, they don’t make a commission, they just love art!


Waikare – sleeps up to 8

Oneroa bach for rent Waiheke

Right in the heart of Oneroa

If you love the idea of not needing a car and staying in the heart of the little village of Oneroa, bustling with cute shops and plenty of cafes and restaurants to keep you sated for a month, then you’ll love this property. You could even walk to Waikare from the ferry (although it’s about 2km away!)

It sits right under a cafe actually, but that is only open in the day time, and makes getting your morning flat white fix easy peasy! AlthoughΒ can also mean some morning noise.

Oneroa accommodation

The master suite opens onto the deck and views

It’s been stylishly furnished and is elegantly designed with the kitchen as the hub opening onto the open plan lounge. But it was the huge deck with a glass front and a large table for dinner while overlooking Oneroa beach that had me. This place has a beautiful master bedroom and another with twin beds, then a large bunk bed room that can sleep five more. Ideal for a family, it’s a simple stroll to the beach and a pop upstairs for the first of many cafe visits!


Sandcastle on Seventh – sleeps up to 8

Onetangi accomodation

Easy living over Onetangi

Located with great views of Onetangi and a huge deck on the front and back, this property seemed very “Ikea” to me. It’s all minimalist Scandi with wood walls and ceilings, furniture that can be in or out and an open plan kitchen/dining/lounge. Every room is designed against the hillside to take advantage of the killer view.

There are two bedrooms downstairs (you enter into the living room off the back deck) and another sleeping area made up of two bunks head-to-tail that will sleep four.

BBQ deck Waiheke Island

The lounge with sun deck and killer views

A great location for a family or two sharing – and the outside shower means you can get the sand off your feet before stepping inside!

Just down the road are two great cafes/restaurants and the buses come past too, so you’d hardly need a car here.


Heritage on the Beach – sleeps up to 8

Heritage accommodation Waiheke

Outward appearances are deceiving!

I’ve always wondered what lay inside this row of apartments and now I know! This one, Heritage on the Beach, is deceptively large! It’s also superbly located right on the beach of stunning Onetangi. So close you wouldn’t even need your jandals! Inside has been decorated in dreamy, aqua beachy tones with a touch of Bali. A deck wraps around the lounge with a barbecue overlooking that huge lawn and the beach across the road, but if you didn’t fancy cooking you are literally a sausage throw between two great restaurants: Beachhouse and Charlie Farleys.

Onetangi accomodation

The lounge and wrap around deck

There are three double bedrooms upstairs, but it’s downstairs that took me be surprise with a pool table in a man-cave set up and two more bedrooms! This place would suit a family or two, or a group of friends who fancy a pool tournament after a day at the beach! You also get the use of the owner’s two kayaks and again, buses make it easy to get around the island or spend a few hours visiting wineries or wandering through the village of Oneroa.


Hibiscus Cottage – sleeps up to 5

Cosy accommodation Waiheke

Our little Waiheke cottage!

Ok, a disclaimer on this property – it belongs to my husband and me! We joke that we have the smallest property on the books of Be My Guest, but honestly, this is our little retreat. It is set in the bush where tui’s sing and the occasional kereru lands heavily in the trees. Our property actually goes all the way down to a farm at the back with a swing which my husband painted bright red in the trees for kids to find!

It’s a 1970s cottage that has been refurbished to a beautiful standard – that’s why we bought it. It has three decks so wherever the sun is, or isn’t, you can be. We have barbecue on the back deck with outdoor furniture and a dining table out the front – as well as inside. The master has a super king, posher than our own room at home!

Sleep out room Waiheke

I made this bed head in the sleep out myself!

But the best thing is that it is located at Pope’s Corner which is opposite a bus stop and an easy 15-minute stroll along the ridge takes you down to Little Oneroa beach for a coffee from the dairy, after you’ve ogled at the amazing views of Sandy and Hekerua Bays.

We love it. Sleeps up to 5, two of those are in the sleep out. Inside we have a king single with a trundler – although that only pulls out 70cm so we don’t mention that. Ideal for a kid though πŸ™‚


** Mention this blog post when you make your booking and receive a beautiful bottle of wine waiting for you on arrival πŸ˜€


This post is a collaboration with Be My Guest and I will endeavour to add more over time.

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"Where to stay on Waiheke Island!" - What do you think?

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  1. Dianne on

    This would be a lovely prize to win. Both my Daughters moved out of home recently it would be an awesome place for a Mother and Daughters catch up weekend πŸ’ž We live in Hawkes Bay and have never been to Waiheke Island πŸ˜€

  2. Anne Pointon on

    Would love to take my sister to Waiheke for a weekend before she flies off into the wild blue yonder…..may be years before I see her again. And she has not been to Waiheke πŸ™‚

  3. Sue Waterhousr on

    My friend and I have recently retired after working all our married lives and would love to go to Waiheke with our hubbies as a special weekend away . Never been there before – would love to explore.

  4. june Tuck on

    It would be great to win this so I could give it to my beautiful daughter in law and son .She has just had surgery for breast removal. Many thanks for the opportunity.

  5. Yvonne McLaren on

    Moving to Sydney to live in April, would be a great end of an era like when I went to the UK 13 years ago I had my birthday on Waiheke and it was fabulous! xx

  6. iSLA OBRIEN on

    I would like to go there for our anniversary as id love to be spoilt and ive never been to waiheke island .I could tick it off my bucket list.Thanks very much,yours hopefully

  7. Trisha Jacobsen on

    I was there 2 years ago for a wedding a Mud Brink..only for the night then off the next day….I would adore to explore your wonderful Waiheke….with all your help…it looks a divine placexx

  8. Sharon on

    I have never been to Waiheke and haven’t had a proper holiday in a while. I hear it’s beautiful and all those wineries, good places to eat, beaches and biking…..
    And your blog is amazeballs Megan. Thanks for being entertaining AND informative! <3

  9. Helen Anderson on

    Just love Waiheke…last time we were there it was our 10th wedding anniversary….coming up 20 this year so must be time to re visit

  10. Allison Clark on

    Waiheke is simply magical, we go as often as we can. Be My Guest certainly has some of the finest homes! Very much a jewel in NZ’s crown πŸ’•

  11. judy ware on

    havent visited Waiheke since we lived there 41 years ago. bet there are massive changes now. has it lost its small island appdeal with so much commercialation now?

    • Megan on

      Hi Judy, yes goodness a LOT has changed! But I don’t think it’s too commercialised. The beaches are still quiet (outside of the Christmas hols!) and if you don’t do the wineries and restaurants every day, your own little space is just idyllic. You must go back soon πŸ™‚

  12. Charlotte on

    So enjoyed reading your blog and your place looks brilliant. My son would love finding the swing How lucky are you to have it. πŸ˜‰ So many amazing places on Waiheke I have not been since I was a kid.


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