Delamore Lodge

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Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Set on a northwestern cliff edge of Waiheke Island, Delamore Lodge is nestled into the hills of Owhanake Bay, with spectacular views of New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. To get to the lodge you have the option of a short ferry ride or a scenic flight from Auckland, a gorgeous flight over cerulian seas and green forests.

The exclusive hotel, structured after a Maori fish hook, is influenced by New Zealand’s aboriginal artistry. Accommodation choices include 4 luxury guest suites and a 2-bedroom apartment, each of which are deck out with luxurious facilities and fittings, complete with open bathrooms and private patios facing the sea.

It might be a challenge to pry yourself away from the indulgence of Delamore Lodge. However, if you manage, adventure and sightseeing on Waiheke Island beckon – from paragliding and touring acclaimed vineyards, to scuba diving and sailing in the clear blue waters of the Gulf.

Delamore Lodge Information

  • Accommodation:4 guest suites, 1 x 2-bedroom apartment
  • Location: Waiheke Island, New Zealand. 35 minutes ferry ride or 12 minute flight from Auckland
  • Facilities:Heated infinity swimming pool, private patio, Jacuzzi, sauna, beauty and spa treatment suites, private helipad, wine cellar, courtyard with tropical rock pool, private grotto, wheelchair access, library, indoor and outdoor fire areas, event and meeting pavilion
  • Activities: Diving, kayaking, fishing, sailing, golf, horseback riding, arts and crafts shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, vineyards, winery and olive-grove tours, scenic flights, tandem paragliding, food and wine festivals, bush and beach walks
  • Weather: The best time to visit is between September and May which are the high season months and perfect for making the most of the beautiful scenery
  • Children: Over the age of 12 welcome. Children under the age of 12 are welcome if all of the suites are booked by one party.

Delamore Lodge Price Guide

4 out of 5

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Tried & Tested

Delamore Lodge can only be described as the ultimate luxury on the stunning Waiheke Island. Needless to say that the Lightfoot team was slightly jealous when Mei Yun came back from her stay at this superb boutique hotel. She tells us more about what makes this property unique and recounts the great experiences whilst on the island.

Where exactly is Delamore Lodge located? How can you get to it?

Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island is a short 15 min helicopter or 35 min ferry from Auckland, and Aucklanders’ favourite weekend getaway for excellent food & wine. Most tourists coming to Auckland don’t usually visit the island, but I really do recommend it!

Delamore Lodge itself is on the north-western tip of Waiheke Island, in a quiet residential area part of the Hauraki Gulf. The property is perched cliff-top overlooking overlooking Owhanake Bay – and everything is built to make the most of this breath-taking view! New Zealand truly knows how to make stunning properties!

Describe the property and your room

There are only 4 suites and a 2 Bedroom-Apartment, each very generously sized. I loved that the suites and apartment all were individually decorated; each had their own knick knacks which Rosalynn and Aaron purchased while on their travels in Europe. It adds a really nice sense of homeliness, making you feel at ease when you arrive and throughout your stay.

I stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment which is just behind the lodge, with equally great views overlooking the Bay. The generous living room was really nice for us to spend time together at the end of the day. It’s very well set-up for a family of 4 with 2 children, to have their own space and still be able to use Delamore’s facilities. A personal highlight for me was the 2 dogs – a giant and minature poodle who were absolutely adorable together and so friendly!

What activities does the property offer that are a must?

Delamore doesn’t offer a lot in terms of a full range of facilities and activities, but that’s not surprising from a boutique hotel/lodge of this small size and personal nature. However, this is how I suggest guests should spend their days at Delamore: A perfect day at Delamore Lodge would begin with a late morning breakfast from your room, an afternoon spent lazing at the infinity pool with its amazing views. After lunch, book in a spa session in the new treatment room before walking walking up an appetite in the late evening – traipsing down to the beach on the pathway from the lodge itself. Freshen up and then sit down to dinner with Aaron! His culinary skills are superb and he made such a feast for us.

What is there to see in the region

Waiheke Island is known to the locals for its boutique and award-winning vineyards. Hence a wine & food tour is a MUST. Best vineyards include Stony Ridge for its Bordeaux, and Mudbrick’s views out over the Half-Moon Bay with Auckland in the background is gorgeous. Be sure to try Stony Ridge’s award-winning olive oil as well, grown right next to its vines!

Art enthusiasts will also enjoy calling in on the craftspeople who call Waiheke home, its more indie underside when Waiheke was home to only hippies who moved to the island from Auckland (by appointment only with one of Lightfoot’s private guides). There are some fantastic jewellery makers, painters, and private homes which can also be worked in your foodie tour if you wish. There are also 2 sculpture parks which show off contemporary works, makes for a nice morning’s walk.

Active individuals might want to try the zip-lining with Eco-zip, archery with Wild on Waiheke, or a day out kayaking or sailing. There are also cycling trails and bike rental shops at Maiatia Ferry Wharf or scattered at different parts of the island, a easy way to explore the island and find beautiful hidden beaches to call yours for a day.

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Top 3 highlights

  • Wine tasting at Stony Ridge followed by a stroll through the vineyards was superb.
  • Dining was divine at Delamore Lodge as was our lunch at Mudbrick. Hard to pick which of the two tickled my taste buds the most!
  • Meeting Christine, a goldsmith, and visiting her home where she has her studio and creates one of a kind jewelry on request. Such amazing pieces, and such an interesting tour!


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