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Our house is situated on beautiful Waiheke Island, 30 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. Waiheke is consistently voted one of the top ten island destinations in the world! It is close to Auckland but seems like a world away as it is so peaceful and serene. It is famous for its vineyards, olive groves and stunning scenery. Our house is only 50 metres from the waters edge and has gorgeous views. We have three sunny outdoor decks and the house is very well furnished and equipped. We have three kayaks, two bikes and a dinghy for your use! Waiheke has many local artists and craftspeople as well as top class restaurants and cafes. There are over 50 vineyards producing medal winning wine, olive groves producing exceptional olive oil, and many local food artisans.
Our house is a modern split level home with polished wooden floors in the living areas. We have two bedrooms and a mezzanine area with a third bed. The master bedroom has a queen bed and opens onto outdoor decking. It has lovely water views. The bed has a new pillow-top mattress and is very comfortable! The second bedroom has twin beds and also opens to the outside decking with water views. The third bed is a double futon which is in a mezzanine area up from the living room. The kitchen/dining room is open plan and very well equipped. A new oven and cooktop were installed last year. We have an espresso machine and just about every utensil you could ever need! This area also opens to an outside seating area. The living room is very comfortable and sunny with new couches and opens to yet another outdoor area. In the dining room there is seating for 6, plus a small children’s table and chairs and a highchair. The house was renovated last year so is in top condition. We have two separate outside seating/dining areas and a gas barbecue. We have an internal access garage plus parking for one more car. There is a ping pong table you can open up in the garage! We have quite a large garden with lemon and olive trees and lots of lavender!
Our house is on 4 levels from the garage to the mezzanine, although day to day living is over 2 levels. It may not be suitable for anyone with severe disabilities. Our grandchildren have used the house since they were babies but if you have small children there are stairs and it may not be suitable.
Our little corner of Waiheke is very peaceful and relaxed. We enjoy sitting on one of our three sunny decks with a glass of local wine and a bowl of locally grown olives! The views are beautiful and it is good to get out on the water in the kayaks or dinghy. We have a sea kayak, a fishing kayak (byo rods) and a sit on kayak for your use. We also have two bikes you can use to explore. We are close to the local golf course and tennis clubs and there are many walking tracks through protected reserves in the area. You can access the beach directly from our back garden down a bushy track. It is a rocky beach but you can swim. It is very quiet and peaceful where we are and our garden is home to many native birds. We are not walking distance to shops but if you don’t have a car there is a very good local bus service. We are not short of excellent food, coffee or wine on Waiheke and there are many arts and crafts. Swimming is good from our beach although it is not sandy. We are sometimes lucky enough to see dolphins, orcas or little blue penguins! If you are a keen fisherman, take out the dinghy or fishing kayak and catch snapper for dinner!
Waiheke is consistently voted one of the top ten island destinations in the world for a reason! We have beautiful unspoilt beaches, amazing vineyards, incredible food in spectacular settings and an incredibly diverse mix of people. There are many different nationalities who call Waiheke home, including artists, craftspeople and musicians.
We recommend a car for really getting the best out of the island. However there is a very good bus service and the nearest bus stop is less than 100m.