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New year, our happy places and more

Posted 10/1/2017

Happy New Year and here’s wishing the best 2017 for you and yours.  

Whakanewha Regional Park WaihekeWhakanewha Regional Park WaihekeFinally summer is well and truly here.  International accolades for Waiheke have led to  unprecedented queues at the passenger ferry terminal in Auckland.  We recommend to our guests that the best way to avoid...


queues is by catching the car ferry, or by travelling outside peak times.  Nobody wants to begin their holiday in a stress mode.

Waiheke’s newest cafe, The Boathouse, on Onetangi Beach is booming and thankfully we had booked a table.    We happily report the Surf and Turf steak with prawn and chorizo skewers was perfect as were the Thai Green Coconut mussels.  The warm ambience makes for a relaxed experience and the high pitched ceilings mean that even when it’s busy, noise doesn’t dominate.

Our other happy places are Ringawera Bakery and, for a day out, driving the loop road out to Man O War Bay Vineyard.

New Zealand’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition Sculpture on the Gulf opens to the public in less than three weeks.  It runs from Friday 27th January – Sunday 19th February (8.30am-10pm daily.  Closes 5pm on 19th Feb).   In addition, Sculpt Oneroa currently features the work of talented local artists in Oneroa Village.  These can be enjoyed until 26th February 2017.

For more upcoming Waiheke events, check out the direct links on our Pinterest board

Thank you for your online reviews.  Thank you also for your survey feedback.  We have recently had a working bee undertaking many of your suggestions.  Summer is looking fabulous.  See you at the beach.

Happy holidays, 


Tina and Iain.