I'm starting the new year with something a little bit different. How does this sound....luxury accommodation; a fresh unique restaurant experience AND a shop in New Zealand. The Oyster Inn is in the heart of Waiheke Island, just 40 minutes from Auckland in the village of Oneroa.
We'll start with the restaurant, which offers veranda dining under the shade of surrounding palms. They pride themselves on using the best local produce and you can have everything from delicious fresh oysters (of course!) to pork belly, or fish pie. The vegetables are grown especially for the restaurant by local gardeners.
The bar is the perfect place to meet and mingle (and wash down an oyster or two!) whether it be soaking in the view i the sunner, or sitting by the wood-burning stove in winter. Whatever the weather, you can wander up from the beach and glug on a pitcher of homemade sangria, or lemonade - yum!
The three rooms have all the amenities you could need; and as well as complimentary pick up from the ferry, breakfast is also included. You also get priority booking in the restaurant. As if that wasn't enough, the shop at The Oyster Inn is packed with everything you could need for the beach from clothing, to sunscreen and beach towels.
One of the best things about The Oyster Inn is that the kitchen is open all day, so you can arrive when you like, and eat when you like. If you decide you love the island, you can just stay the night! If you want more information, visit the official website here.