About Delamore Lodge

Cascading down the hillside of Waiheke Island, Delamore’s Mediterranean-styled lodge is the shape of a Maori bone fishhook. Terraced levels open up to a main area on the right, suites to the left and a vista overlooking Owhanake Bay to Hauraki Gulf beyond. Fringed by a landscaped garden with citrus trees, olive trees and sculptures by local artists, the swimming pool is irresistible as it spills into the ocean below. Attracting artists, free-spirits and the rich and famous, the island is a haven of beautiful beaches, gourmet restaurants and sensational wineries.

Price from

USD$750 per night

What makes this property special?

  • The infinity pool is an Instagram favourite. Warm water and the photo-scenic view will keep you there for hours
  • The lodge’s Med-inspired design, cliffside perch and breathtaking views of Hauraki Gulf
  • Only five minutes from the ferry terminal, Delamore is extremely accessible yet consummately peaceful and private

Lodge lounge

Lodge lounge

Lodge kitchen

Apartment bedroom

Apartment bathroom

Apartment balcony

Apartment kitchen

Apartment lounge

Suite Bedroom

Owners Villa

Owners Villa

Owners Villa

Owners Villa

Owners Villa

Owners Villa

Owners Villa

Lodge Patio

Location

One of the largest islands in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke covers 92 square kilometres and its warm coastline is fringed with 40km of beach. Ferry rides from downtown Auckland to Matiatia Bay on the island’s western side usually take 40 minutes, and the lodge offers complimentary transfers or the option to hire a car. There is also a car and passenger ferry service to the island from Half Moon Bay and Auckland CBD. You can fly from Auckland Airport to Waiheke Island with Heletranz Adventures (about 15 minutes), or land directly at the lodge in a helicopter (10 minutes from Auckland Airport).

Low Down

The lodge’s five suites and two-bedroom apartment are more akin to luxury caves than hotel rooms. Cocooned in sculpted clay walls, the rooms have large, comfortable beds and ensuite bathrooms with pebble-floor rain showers, twin vanities and deep baths for two. A complimentary, chilled bottle of champagne awaits your arrival – enjoy it on your private patio with spectacular ocean views. Equipped with Bluetooth stereo systems, espresso machines, minibars and freshly baked goods, these luxurious rooms are hard to leave. The newly refurbished Owners Villa has two bedrooms and two bathrooms for self-contained seclusion. The perfect escape for families or two couples, it is set in the grounds away from the lodge, and allows for self-catering with its fully equipped kitchen and open-plan living area. Alternatively, Delamore’s Executive Chef can be on hand to prepare meals for guests who rather not lift a finger! Private decks at the front and rear of the property allow guests of the Owners Villa to relax amongst the mature Mediterranean influenced gardens, whilst soaking up the sensational views towards the sparkling waters of the Gulf.

A key feature of the island experience is food and wine, and Delamore promises a truly gastronomic experience. Taking inspiration from garden-grown and locally-produced seasonal ingredients, breakfasts and lunches are gourmet and served wherever you choose. On the deck each evening, canapés such as duck aioli toasts or creamy Coromandel oysters are served with local wines followed by dinner in the downstairs glass-walled pavilion – either à la carte or choose the Chef’s Table menu for special occasions (advanced booking required, minimum of four). Tantalising courses are sommelier-paired from a vast collection of wines – most from the island’s own vineyards. If you want to explore the culinary scene farther afield, Delamore’s staff are happy to make recommendations and will even book you a table and arrange your transport.

In the lodge’s exclusive spa suite, highly trained therapists offer specialised treatments and massages, after which you can relax further in the jacuzzi, steam sauna or heated swimming pool. The library is cosy, furnished with Turkish rugs, leather armchairs and gold velvet blankets to comfortably enjoy the large collection of books or games of chess and backgammon. For events and meetings, the lodge has a dedicated wharenui (meeting-house).

So what will you do when you’re not eating or relaxing? The lodge can arrange olive grove tours, sailing, kayaking, golfing and paragliding, and the Waiheke Arts Trail will take you through galleries and craft stores. Or just continue eating in the abundance of beachfront cafés, upscale restaurants and boutique vineyards that showcase New Zealand’s finest flavours.

Little Ones

Children under 12 stay free and cots are available for under-two’s. The two-bedroom Ataahua apartment is ideal for families. During pre-dinner drinks and canapés each evening, the lodge can arrange baby-sitting and room service for under 14s.

Last Word

With all the wining and dining you’ll be doing (and you really shouldn’t hold back!), you may be pleased to hear that there’s an easy way to get some exercise while exploring the island. The Te Ara Hura track network criss-crosses the island’s coastline, taking in stunning viewpoints and historic sites along the way. Routes range from short and easy to more challenging, and you can start and finish at any point on the island.