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Beach: Oyster Inn, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Just 35 minutes from Auckland by ferry, Waiheke Island is the Montauk of New Zealand, combining the cool cachet of your prototypical seaside town (beach shacks made of castoff wood; laid-back residents) with a sophisticated edge. Kiwis have known about it forever, but the world is just catching on, thanks to the Oyster Inn, a three-room retreat near Oneroa Beach modeled after the rustic houses, or baches, that dot the island. Set in a Victorian-era newspaper office, the guest rooms are small but sweet, all whitewashed walls, exposed rafters, and colorful kilims. We whiled away the day at the patio café overlooking Oneroa Bay, happily ordering platters of bivalves plucked straight from the sea. Turns out they didn’t name it Oyster Inn for nothing. theoysterinn.co.nz. $$

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