If you’ve decided you need a relaxing and indulgent weekend away on Waiheke, the first thing you’re going to need to do is book accommodation. Most of the best spots book up fast, especially in summer, so the sooner you book the more chance you’ll get your first choice.
As one of Waiheke’s top-rated luxury lodges, we pride ourselves in offering a world-class experience. We want every person who visits the island to leave with memories that last a lifetime. That all starts with choosing a magical, unforgettable place to stay.
We’ve compiled this simple guide to help you choose the right accommodation for your luxury Waiheke holiday.
What is the average price of luxury accommodation on Waiheke Island?
Accommodation on the island varies in price from around $150 - $5,000 per night, depending on the experience you want, the amenities available, and the number of people under your booking. The average price for luxury accommodation for a couple is around $850 per night.
Te Whau Lodge offers the expected accommodation option along with unique packages that include personal transportation to activities and restaurants, indulgent treats, and unforgettable personalized experiences. Using a package can help you to get the best value for money and allow you to relax and have your entire holiday experience organised for you.
How to find the best accommodation on Waiheke Island
Waiheke has a range of options at each price point. When choosing accommodation, check online reviews like Trip Advisor, Booking.com and Expedia or ask friends who’ve visited before for recommendations. Depending on your price point, here’s what to look for:
Budget: a friendly atmosphere, clean and tidy rooms, easy access to public transport or walking distance from your chosen activities. Free bikes, BBQ areas, or other communal amenities are always a bonus. Free wifi is a must.
Mid-range: Something more unique that offers you a glimpse of life on Waiheke. Look at hosted accommodation and the likes of AirBNB for unusual spots and decor that give you the sense you’ve travelled somewhere special. Views may be available within this price range, so too will some the standard amenities.
High-end: Relax and unwind with some of the best Waiheke Island has to offer. Your room will be a haven away from the hustle and bustle, connected to nature via large windows, wide decks, and views over the water or the vines. Enjoy fine linens, transfers around the island, and often a free bottle of Waiheke bubbles upon arrival.
Luxury: All of the above, plus a truly unique experience that goes above and beyond to show you what Waiheke hospitality is all about. For a truly immersive experience, seclude yourself in nature, enjoy the finest food and wine, and indulge in luxurious spa treatments and private activities.
What to look for in quality accommodation on Waiheke
Most accommodation on Waiheke will offer the essentials for comfort. But if you’re looking for a luxury getaway with the wow factor, then you need your accommodation to go above and beyond. Look for a provider that offers:
Immersive surroundings and breathtaking views. Waiheke Island is a paradise of pristine beaches, unspoiled natural landscape, and native birds and wildlife. Even on the small island your accommodation should be a haven away from noise and bustle and allow you to completely relax and immerse yourself in another world.
Luxury amenities. Enjoy fine linens on your king-sized bed, sumptuous complimentary bathrobes for lounging around, treats like canapes and evening wine tastings, port and chocolates before bed, massages and spa treatments and private spaces to enjoy the tranquility of the island.
Breakfast included. When you wake up in the morning, you don’t want to have to leave your oasis in search of food. That feels far too much like hard work! Allow your hosts to pamper you with a delicious multi-course gourmet breakfast. Ideally, your meal includes fresh local ingredients and is prepared by a well respected resident chef. Also, the coffee had better be top-notch, or you should revolt.
Private beach. If you want to feel like you’ve reached the height of luxury, you need a secluded or private beach. Your own personal patch of white sand and gently lapping waves for swimming, sunbathing, sipping a glass of wine, or any other activities you may like to enjoy on your luxury Waiheke getaway.
Knowledgeable hosts. With so much to do on Waiheke, you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by choice. Your hosts should be able to direct you to the best dining, vineyards, tours, activities, and other attractions, as well as organise your transport and ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your stay in ultimate comfort.
Helipad: If you’re looking to fly in via helicopter or enjoy a chopper tour direct from your accommodation, then you’ll need to choose a lodge or hotel that offers a suitable helipad. There aren’t many available on the island, and they tend to book up fast!
Everything you need for a romantic getaway on Waiheke Island
At Te Whau Lodge, we believe there’s nowhere better than Waiheke Island for a romantic weekend. That’s why we offer a very popular romance package, designed for a couple to enjoy a luxurious Waiheke weekend escape.
We organise transfers to and from the ferry terminal in our new European car, to bring you to your home for the weekend – a luxurious private suite overlooking stunning panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf. Upon your arrival, you’ll be treated with a bottle of fine bubbles and a platter of local delicacies in your suite. You’ll have access to all our amenities, including a secluded private beach, gourmet breakfasts every day, and we’ll help you organise any activities you’d like to try on the island.
Relax with a complimentary one-hour massage for two people in the privacy of your suite, before heading out to the deck for pre-dinner drinks and homemade canapés each evening. Here you can meet other guests and enjoy the most spectacular panoramic views on the Island. We also whisk you away for dinner for two at one of Waiheke’s award-winning restaurants to the value of $300, and provide return transport so you can enjoy as many glasses of wine as you like!
The complete package is for one couple for two nights, but if you wish to indulge for longer, you can book an extra night. Book the Waiheke Romance package now.
Luxury activities on Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island offers a range of activities for every taste and budget. If you’re wanting to relax and unwind, or enjoy time with your partner, then you’ll find plenty to occupy your time. Guests who stay at Te Whau Lodge enjoy the following activities:
Wineries/wine tours. Wine is Waiheke’s business, and you won’t find more picturesque or majestic locations for enjoying a glass (or three). Visit iconic vineyards like Mudbrick, Stonyridge, or Man’o’War, and sample some of the smaller boutique vineyards pushing the boundaries of viticulture. Wile away the hours walking among the vines, sampling the finest drops, and learning how wine is made in this unique region. We can help organise a winery tour to suit your budget and tastes.
Foodie tours. Waiheke is a foodie paradise, with relaxed restaurants and eateries serving up a range of cuisines and styles. Local produce is everywhere, and no matter where you are you’ll always be dining with exquisite views. We love Casita Miro, The Shed, Mudbrick, Cable Bay Poderi Crisci for relaxed and romantic dining. See our article on the best romantic dining spots on Waiheke for our recommendations.
Art studio tours. Waiheke’s population boast scores of award-winning artists who choose the island for its inspiring scenery and vibrant arts and culture scene. You can tour local artist studios and see painters, sculptors, mosaic artists, glass blowers, and textile artists at work, then purchase unique work from the local galleries to adorn your home. Talk to us about organising your art studio tour.
Personalised Waiheke tours: If you want to see the best of Waiheke at a relaxed pace, then book yourself in for a personalised tour. Your guide will take you to the best beaches, art galleries, wineries, historic sites, and anything else that piques your interest. Ask us about tour operators who will put together a customised itinerary of all the Island’s delights.
Fishing charters and boat tours: One of the best ways to enjoy Waiheke is out on the water. Hop on board one of New Zealand’s best fishing charters and enjoy a day out on the Hauraki Gulf. In the evening, enjoy a BBQ of the day’s catch, washed down with the Island’s finest wine. Enjoi and Fishing Waiheke offer a range of charter and boat tour options.
Spas, health, and wellness. We take your health and relaxation very seriously on Waiheke. There are numerous spas and wellness retreats offering seclusion and pampering. If you’re visiting Waiheke to relax and unwind, then check out our Pamper Retreat Package. This includes a stay in our luxury lodge with stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf, a private beach and deck to enjoy the surrounds, and revitalising and rejuvenating facials and massage to enjoy in your room.
The Botanical Distillery. Enjoy something a little different during your Waiheke stay – make your own gin with historical botanicals grown here on the island at the Botanical Distillery. There are many events and packages to choose from involving distillation, botanicals, and other craft activities. You’ll learn a lot and take away a beautiful handcrafted product you made yourself. Bookings at the Botanical Distillery.
Fixed-wing airplane flight. A scenic flight will give you a whole new view of Waiheke. Fly over the rolling hills and valleys of the vineyards, explore the pristine coastline, and learn about Waiheke’s fascinating geological history. Hauraki Flights operate scenic flights from $99pp, and can also organise charters and return flights from Auckland.
See our article on Waiheke Island activities for more ideas of what to enjoy while on the island.
For a luxury weekend escape, there’s nowhere better than Waiheke Island. Book your stay today.