Our Waiheke story ... 

Nestled on the crest of the ridge at Oneroa, Waiheke Island, the old Bach (1930s) had extensive wrap-around views over the Hauraki Gulf and back to Auckland City.

Dawn had been going to Waiheke since a child in the 50s and wanted the chance for her family and friends to experience the wonder of this special island.

Dawn knew exactly what she wanted for this magnificent spot - contemporary, low maintenance, and funky with two distinct areas so when family and friends came, they could all have their own privacy, yet still be together for socialising.

As Dawn was approaching retirement, she realised the property could also provide her with holiday rental accommodation and consequently the re-born 'Bach' was transformed into View43 and CityLights

Denise (Dawn’s daughter) came on board as the interior concept took shape and very subtle colours were chosen for relaxation and harmony. A mixture of practicality and style guided the look.

Dawn loved the idea of a retro look and had acquired many pieces of trash or treasure? - 70s mahogany furniture, formica tables and wrought iron pieces that she was keen to revamp.  The results were amazing - reupholstering, refinishing the wood, and powder-coating the wrought iron.

The duo then sourced the finishing touches "cushions are like putting pearls with a black dress" was Denise's comment, and right she was. 

The gas fire complimented View43 as did the private hot outdoor shower. The landscaping took on a contemporary design.   

Dawn's dream of View43 and CityLights was completed in November 2001.  None of this would have been possible without the assistance of her mother Milly, daughter Denise and friend Rex Little, Architect. 

And the rest as they say, is history.



Outdoor lovers will find themselves spoilt for choice, while those looking for a romantic escape need look no further

Magical Waiheke Island awaits your visit!

  • World acclaimed Vineyards and Olive Groves
  • Vibrant Cafés, Bars and Restaurants
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Theatre and Cinema
  • Coastal and/or bush walks and tramps
  • Golf and Tennis
  • Swimming, Diving, Snorkelling, Fishing
  • Sailing, Kayaking

To Explore:

  • Hire Car, Scooter, or Bikes
  • Horseback riding on the beach or outback
  • Scenic Flights
  • Colourful Ostend Markets
  • Yacht Charters
  • Fishing Charters
  • Customised Island tours

Waiheke's Finest Restaurants, Vineyards and Cafés

In a short space of time you can explore and discover many (26 in total) boutique and world-acclaimed restaurants, vineyards and cafés.

Mudbrick Restaurant and Vineyard, Church Bay, Oneroa, is world-acclaimed for its superb food and gold medal winning wines, with spectacular, breathtaking sea and rural views back to Auckland City.

At Cable Bay Vineyards, Church Bay, Oneroa, you will experience exquisite fine dining, matched with Waiheke and Marlboroughs finest wines, while enjoying stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf.

Stonyridge Vineyard and Restaurant at Onetangi basks in a sunny valley of vines and shimmering olive trees. This fabulous unique position can only add to the experience of sipping on one of the countrys most sort after reds, while experiencing their fabulous cuisine.

Casita Miro Vineyard and Restaurant sits amidst the stillness and spectacular hillside of Onetangi. The vineyard and olive groves enhance the fresh and delicious food and stunning wine in a relaxed setting.

Goldwater Estate is Waiheke's pioneering vineyard overlooking picturesque Putiki Bay. This idyllic location, matched with internationally acclaimed wines now features The Goldie Room, a perfect venue for weddings or conferences, serving delicious vineyard lunches and refreshments and is definitely worth a visit.

Te Whau Vineyard & Café, Omiha, described by Wine International as one of the most achingly beautiful and dramatic places a vineyard has ever taken root, is an award winning restaurant offering fresh New Zealand cuisine combined with this countrys finest wines.

For further mouth-watering cuisine experiences, try:

Oneroa :

  • Adjaz Indian Restaurant
  • Cove Bites & Brew
  • Delight Café  
  • Fenice Café & Restaurant  
  • Island Gelato Company
  • Little Frog Café
  • Oneroa Beach Club
  • Sandbar
  • Solar Eating House
  • The Local Fish and Chips
  • The Oyster Inn Restaurant
  • The Red Crab Restaurant
  • Vino Vino Restaurant Wine Bar
  • Wai Kitchen

Cable Bay/Restaurant /Vineyard


Little Oneroa :

  • Dragonfired Artisan WoodFired Food

Surfdale :

  • Frenchot Café
  • Malones Irish Tavern
  • Stefanos Pizzeria
  • Waiheke Bowling Club

Ostend :

  • Annex Tea House
  • Belgium Café
  • Carpark Café
  • Island Coffee
  • Waiheke RSA

Te Whau Restaurant/Vineyard

Palm Beach:

  • Palm Beach Fish and Chips
  • Waiheke Resort Restaurant

Onetangi Straight :

  • Dellows Waiheke Distillery
  • Stonyridge Restaurant/Vineyard
  • Te Motu Restaurant/Vineyard
  • Wild on Waiheke Restaurant/Vineyard

 Onetangi :

  • Casita Miro Restaurant/Vineyard
  • Peacock Sky Restaurant/Vineyard
  • Charlie Farley’s Beachside Restaurant
  • Sand Shack Bar & Grill

Te Matuku Bay :

  • Passage Rock Café/Vineyard

Awaawaroa Bay :

  • Poderi Crisci Vineyard/Restaurant

Man O ‘War Bay :

  • Beachfront/Restaurant Tasting Room/Vineyard