A gorgeous place to book a weekend away at if you want to show your loved one that you really care - in the most luxurious way possible - is The Boatshed, Waiheke Island's finest boutique seaside hotel.
Named by some of the world's top travel mags as a 'must visit' when you're in New Zealand, it is the ultimate in chic luxury accommodation, sitting just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of beautiful Oneroa.
Unique and casually stylish, it is hip hotel in the true sense of the word. The property started its life as the small holiday cottage of designer David Scott, and is now run by David's son Jonathan, who is luxury hotel trained and a magnificent host.
There are three accommodation options available: the Lighthouse, the Boatsheds and the Bridge, depending on your taste and your budget. My pick for something really special is the former, a glamorous three storey retreat with all of the romance of a traditional lighthouse. It has a separate bedroom and dayroom and an incredible view across the bay. Private all day dining is available for hotel guests, and you can dine in spots all over the property according to your whim.
Waiheke is just 35 minutes from Downtown Auckland by fast ferry, and The Boatshed is just a short cab ride from the wharf. It is an easy five minutes stroll to the local Oneroa shopping and markets, and an even easier three minutes to the beach.
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