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“Perfect Boutique Hotel”
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The Boatshed
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Waiheke Island
Certificate of Excellence
Hailsham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect Boutique Hotel”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

Stayed for 3 nights what more could you want. Jonathan and his staff are wonderful, friendly and could not do more for us. We thank you all and I cannot wait to come back here. This is the most perfect place to stay, amazing food, wonderful wines, fantastic staff. The garden is great, where most if the vegetables come from for meals. You don't choose from a menu which is great no thinking so total relaxation and you can snack on the fruit and biscuits in your room or have cheese, olives and biscuits. We had a package and went on a wine tour with a hamper in our room on arrival which was great, wine, fruit, chocolates, honey, olive oil it had everything. We booked massages which were done in our room listening to relaxing music. This really is a haven and I would highly recommend it. There are loads really great books to read giving you lots of information of lots of different things, caters for many tastes.These places ares hard to find but this is definitely the find of the year for us.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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sydney
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

The Boatshed is more a boutique hotel with welcoming staff, quality accommodation and great location. We stayed in a bungalow suite, which was actually across the road from the main part of the Boatshed. This wasn't a problem - except when it was wet and windy as it often appears to be. Breakfasts were great and dinner were also top quality although an extra fixed price of $110 per head to the accommodation costs. An alternative - of a snake of a light meal did not seem to be available. Everything about the place gave you a total enjoyable experience. However, in comparison with other similar experiences in Australia and New Zealand the coast of $930 per night including breakfast was a little expensive ( by about $200).

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights to experience this lovely boutique hotel. They do transfers from and to the ferry port and you and welcomed as a friend. Lovely views over the bay, comfortable and quirky rooms, amazing food and wine and just a few minutes walk down the road to the village. Look forward to going back on my next trip to NZ...

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Staying at The Boatshed was an experience and a perfect one at that. It is relatively expensive but its much more than a hotel. We stayed in the lighthouse with its stunning views (atop and from bed), privacy (maybe a tad challenged on the top floor when seated at the table, especially at night), absolute comfort and quirkiness (like the "dumb waiter" that regularly overfed us). Each morning it arrived teeming with fresh fruits, breads, freshly squeezed juice, coffees etc...soon followed by the most stunning & creative cooked breakfast (savoury or sweet, your choice) I've ever had. We enjoyed breakfast every morning on the top level overlooking the gardens, bay and Oneroa Beach and felt very indulged (with no lunch required!). The dinners are so delicious, mostly comprising bountiful serves of fresh veggies from their garden and beautiful NZ fish/meats. As others have noted, its also the lovely touches like plentiful books, binoculars, beautiful decor and music, water beside the bed, the bed itself, port for after dinner, fresh flowers, unobtrusive service and the lovely complimentary wine and cheese platter Jonathan presented us upon our slightly early arrival. He and his delightful team are genuinely lovely people who welcome all and clearly enjoy adding to your stay (thank-you Jonathon, Sharon, Victoria, Dan, the talented chefs, gardener, and other lovely staff). It's a ten minute walk to the beach or village but you really want to stay to enjoy the hotel's ambience, dinners and stunning views. A wine tour can certainly add to the stay and we were very happy with Annanda (with an equally amazing (light by choice) lunch at Mudbrick). Waiheke itself is a beautiful place and easily accessed by ferry 30 minutes from Auckland. Throw in a ride on the Emirates A380 and you're in for a truly great experience. Well worth saving for.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Can't really fault this place, the only problem was checking out and heading homewards (not a problem) and officewards (a problem). the friendliness of everyone here is very clear and obviously comes from good management, people seem to actually enjoy their jobs (lucky them)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed here for a total of 4 nights and wished we had longer to spend there. The first night we ate in their restaurant and it was nothing short of delicious. In advance you gave them what you didn't eat (and mine was huge a list of 35 things!) then they created a menu just for you. Every course including the TWO pre-apertisers were second to none. The service from the owner Jonathan to the right hand Sharon were brilliant and went beyond the call of duty. We loved the food so much we cancelled our booking at a vineyard to eat there again on our last night - again it was perfect so much so we suggested that the chef brings out a book. The room we stayed in was a bungalow and perfect too. Lovely bedroom with a separate lounge and an outside seating area. I would 100% recommend this for location, food and service top marks!

Room Tip: our bungalow was perfect
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Not cheap but worth every cent!
The view, the room, the decor, the food, the service and last but not least the great natural beauty
Of this island.
We were privileged to stay more than a couple of nights and were so relaxed at the end.
One of the most fabulous places we have ever stayed.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Boatshed
Address: Corner of Tawa and Huia Streets | Little Oneroa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > 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 9 Hotels in Waiheke Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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