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The Boatshed
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Waiheke Island
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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“A beautiful experience!”
Reviewed 27 December 2010

My partner and I stayed at The Boatshed from the 20th to the 26th of December. We were greeted with a local cheese platter and a glass of wine and a beautiful view of Oneroa. Avoiding the usual check in nonsense, we were immediately relaxed, and greeted by the wonderful staff and hosts. We stayed in the new bungalow, which was on the opposite side of the main building. We enjoyed the privacy this offered, as well as the stunning room and views. Every detail of the room was clearly well thought out, from the selection of books, to the wine and the gorgeous living nature skin and hair care products. My favourite items, were the bathrobes - which were nice, big, cotton robes that you could just wrap all the way around yourself and curl up into when lazing on the super soft sofa, the very nifty ironing board that lives in a drawer, tidied away in the dressing room, and the enormous floral display in the reception of our bungalow. The beautiful smell of the Lillies welcomed us any time we passed by.

More important than physical luxuries of the The Boatshed were the people. Jonathan, Andrew, Peter, Victoria and Vassila were warm, friendly and funny. Jonathan made our stay so relaxing, ensuring we had whatever we needed. Andrew was bordering on psychic, producing a local wine or cocktail just when we needed a drink. Peter welcomed us at breakfast everyday, and makes a stunning Eggs Benedict. Vassila, was always friendly and chatty, asking if she could help organise activities and Victoria always welcomed us with a smile. They really made our stay memorable.

We were also very lucky to have spent Christmas Day here, and it will be a day I never forget. From the breakfast to the stunning Christmas dinner, the whole day was a gastronomical dream. By this point it didnt surprise us, as the food at The Boatshed was the best we experienced on Waiheke. We did try Cable Bay and Mudbrick wineries for meals, and they were also good, but we felt The Boatshed provided a far better experience all round - better food, better selection of drinks, wonderful service and attention, and we only had to totter off around the corner when we were done.

We hired a car and drove from auckland airport, via the sealink ferry to Oneroa - not a difficult journey. We felt this allowed us to see more of the Island, however we enjoyed The Boatshed so much we spent much of our time relaxing there, reading, enjoying wine, getting a massage and admiring the view. There is not a bad view on the Island, and I would recommend The Boatshed to anyone looking to visit this part of the world.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 14 December 2010

We loved our stay at the Boatshed! Jonathon is fabulous host who knows when to give his guests privacy and when to join them for a laugh. This was our favorite stop in New Zealand. Waiheke is an amazing place with great food and great wine. we loved exploring different sides of the island all with a stunning view. The location of the boatshed was great because we could walk to beaches or to town. We enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner there and it was one of our favorite meals. We stayed in a great room overlooking the ocean and were so pleased with the relaxed vibe and great music selection in the room.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 24 November 2010

Jonathan Scott carries on a tradition begun by his father, and may have taken it to a new level of excellence. We indulged in the Jet Lag package, which included two massages after our 9-hour flight and ferry ride from Auckland, and a beautiful multi-course dinner beautifully prepared. The rooms had every comfort and amenity except, gratefully, a television. The beds and linens were exquisite. Part of the joy and adventure of The Boatshed is picking a special perch above a beautiful bay to read, eat, sip a glass of wine, or snooze. For the adventurous, take a vigorous walk to Cable Bay or Mudbrick's beautiful wineries that look back across the bay to Auckland. Both offer lovely meals and wines, thoughtfully prepared and presented. Or head out by foot for a stunning and heart-starting tramp along the craggy coastal trail nearby. The center of town is less ambitious and less rewarding, but still good for its community gallery, banks, and its wine bars overlooking the water. It was one of two favorites places we stayed during a three-week tour of New Zealand's two main islands. Very special. And made more so because of the gracious and helpful hospitality of Jonathan.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Queensland
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Reviewed 3 November 2010

My husband had a stop-over in New Zealand from the United States so i decided to join him there for a few days of R and R. A quick trip (40 mins) on the ferry from Auckland and we arrived on Waiheke Island. A taxi was there to greet us and take us to the The Boatshed. We had booked the Lighthouse. The owner/manager greeted us and we were shown our room. There are only 5 rooms in this boutique small hotel (featured in the Great Small Hotels list). The Lighthouse is a 3 storey suite. The modern bathroom on the entry level has a heated floor and gorgeous natural botanical washroom goodies. 2nd floor is the bedroom with Queen bed (not a lot of wardrobe space) and delightful view through the picture windows. The 3rd floor is the sitting room with 2 day beds, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar, music system, TV, fresh fruit and the best jelly beans I have ever tasted! The view from this room is spectacular - a beautiful bay looking past Little Barrier Island and northward. A number of very large boats/ yachts anchored in the bay during the weekend.
The staircase is a is a circular one so is not suitable for children or disabled, but the other room options of accommodation are just as wonderful with easy access and fireplaces.
We hired "Togs" the hotels mini moke for the day and toured the island. Absolutely no comfort, but the experience and laughter makes up for it ten-fold!!!! Bay after bay of fabulous photo opportunities and lots of vineyards to visit and do tastings at.
The cuisine at The Boatshed was really fantastic. The chef was eager to please and as I am on a "Lactose Free" diet, he was more than willing to accommodate my needs. The hotel has its own organic garden where they pick the vegetables, herbs and flowers daily and the flowers are everywhere in the dining/sitting areas and rooms. Evening dining is a delightful event - not cheap but well worth the cost when atmosphere and good wine is put into the mix. Breakfast (included in the tariff) includes a buffet of fresh fruits, cereals, breads and the chef does a cooked breakfast of your choice.
The ambience of the hotel is relaxing and welcoming with a quirky mix to the tasteful, beachy yet elegant architectural design. The communal sitting areas (internal and external) have a homey feel with books and magazines by the hundreds to suit everyone's taste. In-room spa treatments are available too.
The owner ensures your stay is just as you want it to be and is willing to tell you about the Island's history and the best places on the island to explore.
We will be returning to The Boatshed as it was really a wonderful small, personal hotel in a beautiful location.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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Reviewed 28 September 2010

From the moment you arrive you are immediately treated as royalty. The setting and accommodation are second to none. The food is the best that we have ever tasted, with nothing being too much of a trouble for Jonathon, David and staff. Calmness takes over you during your whole stay. We stayed for New Year and it was without doubt the most enjoyable Hogmanay ever! We were unsure how it could ever be as good as the time we stayed on our honeymoon but somehow it was even better. Any comments that are critical are just unbelievable. You pay for quality in life...this is worth every penny and far more.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

I very rarely take the time to lay praise on a place – so this is an exception! My wife and I have just spent the weekend on Waiheke and have been blown away from the moment we arrived, besides the fact that the weather was amazing, and that Waiheke is one of our favorite places in New Zealand, what we found in The Boatshed is something quite outstanding.
We had heard many great things over the years about this place and a number of our friends had been and raved, for one reason or another we had never quite got around to getting there; and I must admit that after extensive world travels and being fortunate enough to have stayed in some spectacular places we often avoid these sorts of properties in New Zealand after being let down on several occasions by poor quality and delivery. The Boatshed most definitely does not fit into this category.
The website does not do it justice – the property itself is spectacular and the owners have impeccable taste, the attention to detail, the fit-out , the carefully selected art and object, the beautiful collection of books casually strewn everywhere, it’s like stepping into a Ralph Lauren catalog. This eye also extends to the grounds and gardens, just charming.
It is impeccably kept and belies its years of operation, everything from the bed linen, to the bathrooms, to the public spaces – not a thing out of place. Jonathan the owner effortlessly hosts with just the right level of casualness and Rupert the little dog adds a wonderful playfulness to the place.
The food is modern, unfussy and totally appropriate for its setting, the poached tamerlo, rubarb and vanilla compote for breakfasts was a highlight as was my wife’s citrus cured salmon and herb salad with baked potted eggs and walnut loaf. Don’t bother eating dinner out, we ate in the first night and then went to a local winery on the Saturday – mistake! The atmosphere in the evenings had the same attention paid to it as everything else, the music, lighting, candles, fire everything just so, then we return to our room where someone has thoughtfully been and set the fire, put on sleepy music, lit the candles, turned the bed, sprayed the room with a wonderful scent to send us off to sleep – bliss.
I will gush no more – this is an experience that everyone should have and the fact that it is right here in New Zealand, on our door step, amazing. Well done Jonathan.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

We had a fantastic stay at the boathouse. The hotel was very relaxing and perfect to visit for a couple of days after a long flight. Service was excellent, giving us just what we wanted without intruding. Food was top quality with elegant dinners and huge breakfasts. An excellent selection of local wine with good recommendations from the host/owner who ensured our visit ran very smoothly.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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