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The Boatshed
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Waiheke Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 January 2012

Our recent honeymoon stay at the Boatshed was outstanding. As other reviewers have describe at length, the style and decor of the place is unbelievably beautiful and stylish. The food is exceptional and out room - the 'lighthouse' - was literally an oasis with a top floor lounge with wrap around views of the island and a sun drenched daybed. Our stay was a wedding gift from our friends and family and was very gratefully received. If we had paid the bill ourselves, however, I may have been a bit more critical because in peak season the Boatshed and its peers are an incredibly expensive way to travel in New Zealand. The only constructive criticism I would provide to the management of the Boatshed is not to forget about "luxury hotel basics" in the quest for style and ambiance. For example, at those prices, I was surprised to find low grade bath products, no complementary slippers and 'turn down treats' only on our first night. Those Anzac biscuits were amazing - keep them coming every night please!!

Room Tip: The Lighthouse!!!!!
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank NYLON2008
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Take your car and drive around the island stop at the man I war wineries for a testing on th beach
Dinner at mud rick very nice with sunset on Auckland very good food
Choose to come to waiheke because of the Brel as it s on most luxury books
Traveling with our young daughter feelings are mix after 3 days
Our daughter just love all the books the arts the tables sofas the millions of things to touch and play with
Jen find the decor very very nice attention to details with lots of things in the bathroom and the mini bar
We find the our host extremely nice shy and ready for anything to please us, the chef the house keeper everyone smile and make you relax
It s a very nice place for lovers, romantic week end , it s a sweet place
Come here relax and have a pizza on the beach downstair by the beach with a bottle or 2 of local wine no brainer

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

The experience is rather like staying in a well staffed private house. Brilliant chef who served up marvellous dinners and breakfasts. Lovely room with superb view. Great place to unwind.
The only caveat is that we got bitten on two nights by mosquitoes; I would recommend advising the hotel not to open the windows and turn on the lights in the room in the evening (which they do as a matter of course) and bring plenty of mosquito repellent.
For lunch avoid Mudbrick which is very touristy (coaches arrived constantly when we were there) and try Cable Bay.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Tyma
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

Stayed there for one night over the rugby world cup and also invited some special friends to join us. Unbelieveable little place with first rate service and food. The host & hostess Jonathon and Sevele couldn't have done more for us on our special day. Incredible experience and worth every dollar

Room Tip: Try the Light House Room - unreal!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank glo2204
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

We stayed at the Boatshed for three nights in September and it truly was the loveliest place we stayed at during our three weeks away - and one of the best places we've ever stayed. Our room was beautiful, the location superb and the food was amazing. I'd recommend it without hesitation.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank GuildfordJellyfish
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

We began our honeymoon at this wonderful hotel and we were still talking about it whilst we were at our second destination. It was perfect from start to finish. Waiheke Island is a stunning setting, with gorgeous beaches and vineyards producing sensational wines. The hotel is perched above a very pretty little beach and within a 5 minute walk to the main street. It's furnished elegantly and a lot of thought has been put into the small touches that make the whole experience so unforgettable. Fascinating coffee table books throughout the main area and a lovely fireplace to read them by, and with only 8 rooms you feel that the attention is solely on you. The aesthetic is chic and comfortable and we were quite reluctant to leave the hotel as we felt so relaxed and happy there. Our boatshed room was divine, with a much used fire in the room and beautiful decor throughout, topped off by a private deck and deckchairs to chill out and read in. The staff are so warm and friendly but never cross the line into being intrusive. Jonathan is the consummate host, there when you need a question answered or a wine recommendation but never overbearing. We had an in room massage which was positively glorious and without a doubt the best thing about this incredible hotel is the food. The chef, Peter, whips up truly delicious and very gourmet breakfasts and our only regret is that we didn't dine in every night. The one dinner we had there was superb and very romantic. You get so much value for the cost, it is completely justified for such a luxury experience. We can't wait to return.

Room Tip: The fireplaces in the boatshed rooms are gorgeously cosy
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Oz2_10
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

I was working for several months in Auckland and really need a close (yet distant) break...Waiheke take's 40 minutes to get a world away! The Boatshed is a seriously nice place, fantastic common areas and numerous spaces to chill. Wonderful meals and great rooms...every corner left me thinking; "why can't I decorate like that?".

I only stayed a night...you need two. My only negative; the owner is a nice fellow, but...he needs to make a decision; is he running a business or living there...it's hard to "make yourself at home" in someone else's. This may be more to do with my general unease with the B&B 'thing' and it's a minor point...The Boatshed is expensive by NZ standards...but well worth it.

Room Tip: all rooms are good
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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank StevenBSydney
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Additional Information about The Boatshed

Address: Corner of Tawa and Huia Streets | Little Oneroa, Auckland, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Waiheke Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Waiheke Island
Price Range: £453 - £668 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Boatshed 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boatshed is a small luxury hotel on Wiaheke Island - sitting above the beach of Oneroa with extensive views out over the bay. Best described as "barefoot luxury", this seaside hotel and the island its on are a perfect reflection of the modern New Zealand holiday - with a high level of design detail, beaches, vineyards, galleries, and stunning coastal walkways make this little place the perfect tonic for those wanting to get away from it all. We look forward to seeing you soon... ... more   less 
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The Boatshed Hotel Waiheke Island
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