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Oyster Inn

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Photo: Kieran Scott

124 Ocean View Rd.
Waiheke Island, Auckland, 1081, New Zealand
TEL: 64-9-372-2222
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.

Room to Book:

The Inn’s three rooms all riff on the same pared-back theme, but the pick of the bunch is room number 2. It’s the largest and is also spared the noise of the kitchen.

Insider Tip:

Hire a car in Auckland and take the vehicular ferry to Waiheke, which gives you the freedom to explore the rugged eastern half of the island. Visit the Man O’War tasting room on the northern shores before heading back via the Dragonfired woodfired food shack on Little Oneroa Beach.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Breakfast Included
  • Gay Friendly
  • Inn
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking Available
  • Room Service
  • WiFi

Number of Rooms: 3

Other:

Year Opened: 2012

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