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Auckland 1081 New Zealand

Listing # 4207

Rates From NZD 595 Weekly
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Sea and sand, million dollar views, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

Million dollar panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean will entrance you as you fall asleep listening to the waves breaking on the shore.This fabulous, private and sunny modern home boasts wrap around decks for outdoor living and a lovely garden with hibiscus and fruit trees. The house consists of an upper level and a bonus semi self-contained studio apartment ideal for the academic to work away from children while still enjoying the million dollar views from his desk.

Only 35 minutes by fast modern ferry to downtown Auckland, and from there, only a few minutes' walk to the University of Auckland, the location has been enjoyed already by twenty overseas professors so you can be assured that this will work for you.

A short walk to world famous vineyards such as "Stoneyridge", a golf course, a forest reserve (with walking tracks for nature lovers) there is always plenty to do here in a vibrant community. For the children, there are two Primary Schools and one High School about ten minutes away by school bus. Past tenants have recommended the local school as "superb" and it is in the top bracket on school rating.

Layout:The upstairs area of the house consists of the main living area with sweeping sea views and large "ranchslider" doors opening onto the extensive decks. This area has broadband access, phone, and contains the lounge, kitchen, master bedroom (queen bed) and second bedroom with two single beds, toilet, shower and laundry opening on to wrap around decks and a barbecue area.

The kitchen has a large pantry, plenty of storage space, a fridge-freezer and a microwave as well as a conventional double oven and cooktop. While cooking, you can gaze out to sea through the extensive floor to ceiling windows. There is a TV and DVD player in the lounge and a separate TV for the master bedroom.

There is a semi self-contained studio apartment downstairs with laptop desk and internet connection, bed, table, fridge, microwave, tea making facilities, and a bathroom. The studio is ideal for quiet research as it has broadband access and phone or as a separate private area for your visitors. From the studio, three sets of French doors open onto an extensive deck with glorious views extending all the way to Little Barrier Island.

The bus stop and children's playground are at the corner of the street.

Additional information: Ferry trip is 12 nautical miles in 35 minutes. Bus to ferry 10 minutes (6 miles), walk from ferry to University 10 minutes, just over half a mile.

Long stay Academics (more than one month) purchase a weekly commuter pass or a 40 trip concession card.

There are two ferries servicing the island, "Fuller's" company to downtown Auckland and the city University and " Sealink," the two hourly vehicular and passenger service to the Eastern suburbs. Downtown services run every half hour.

Twenty professors have already spent their academic term here so you know this will work for you and your family.

Note: with the equitable climate between 14-24 degrees Celsius year round and plenty of sea breezes, air conditioning is not needed. Just open a floor to ceiling window if you want a bit more clean fresh air. For winter -electric heaters are provided for extra warmth.
Clothes are dried on a rotary clothesline in the garden and smell sweet when you wear them.There is no need for a clothes drier.


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Suited for
6 people
Property Type


Available from Monday, June 8, 2020 until Monday, December 12, 2022
Minimum Stay
3 week(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Sorry this house has now been rented through Sabbatical Homes till mid 2020
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Auckland
Postal Code - State or Province 1081 Auckland
Country New Zealand
Neighborhood Keywords world's finest safe beaches,wineries,olive groves, art and craft
Closest University University of Auckland
University nearby University of Auckland

Rental Price:

NZD 595 Weekly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Second Home
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: Best of wine, sea and forest and close to town


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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A Ministry of Education e-Fellow, I have been involved in research, independent writing, publishing, and have had a long career in teaching languages in High schools. My husband is a Principle Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology. My interest is now in online teaching. I worked for three years online for the University of Strasbourg with their Masters program and I am currently working online, teaching independently to staff of a number of major Parisian companies.

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We have just returned to our Canadian winter after a blissful 3 weeks of New Zealand summer on Waiheke Island. Gayleen and Don's house in Onetangi is well described on this site and the pictures show exactly what the property has to offer. The location is spectacular - gorgeous long beach, natural bush walks, peaceful, a couple of good local eateries, and a near-by convenience store for basic supplies. On a clear night, the stars are breath-taking. The house is stocked with whatever you'll need. The kitchen is very well set up. There is a new washing machine, and all necessary cleaning equitment. The beds are comfortable - even by our exacting standards! Gayleen is kind enough to supply linen for those coming from overseas. She was also very helpful in making sure everything was in good working order for our stay - including the wireless internet. She is good-humoured, generous and thoughtful - and all our dealings with her were very positive. One of us had a visiting appointment at the University of Auckland during our stay, and the commute was straightforward. It involves a half hour on the bus from Onetangi to the ferry and a half hour ferry ride to the mainland. From there it is about a 20 minute walk to the campus. It's a little pricey - $38 for a round trip - but that just means we planned our visits carefully and did as much as we could pack in when we made a mainland trip. I recommend this property to you without reservation. The only problem is that the island is so relaxing and beautiful, it takes quite a lot of will power to turn away from the spectacular views and leave the comfortable seat on the verandah to write that article!

NOTE from LISTER: Long stay Academics (more than one month) purchase a 40 trip concession card or a Captain's Club monthly commuter pass -trips cost $11.85 each way not the $19 for the one off trip on the city ferry or $35 return. Even cheaper is the concession to the University's Tamaki Campus on the eastern Sealink ferry-$10.66 on concession

Excellent Janet Siltanen 3/5/2013 11:25:00 AM
We spent a 5 month sabbatical at Gayleen and Don's home on Waiheke Island. It was a wonderful experience! Gayleen and Don were exceptional hosts--from arranging our pick up at the airport, serving us our first kiwi breakfast at their home, and helping us on our way. They were always prompt with getting back to us if we had questions about the home or if something wasn't working. The home was fully-stocked with basic amenities---we only brought our suitcases of clothing. The house is located near one of the nicest beaches on Waiheke--we miss falling asleep to the soothing sound of ocean waves! And what sunsets and views from the balcony! It's a beautiful home that Don and Gayleen built themselves. There is a garden with fresh herbs and several lemon trees on the property. It has two levels, and the top level deck has gorgeous panoramic views of the lush hills and the ocean. It is even better than it looks in the pictures. The bus stop is less than a 10 minute walk away. And commuting to Auckland University each day via ferry was a lovely experience (averaging 1.5 hours each way, door-to-door). Our daughter was 6-12 months old during our stay--and the home is quite nice for a family with a young baby. In general, the island is a great place for babies--lots of families and kid activities. Excellent Ariel Malka 1/28/2013 5:19:00 PM
We spent a wonderful three months on Waiheke island, living in the perfect place. Don and Gayleen's house in Onetangi is a perfect spot for a sabbatical retreat. The house can accomodate up to six people. It has a wonderful view of the beach from the large balcony. There are all the comforts of home provided. Besides all this, Onetangi is a great place to live. Accessed by buses which meet the ferry, the beach on Onetangi has got to be the best beach on Waiheke, and Waiheke has many great beaches and fabulous coastal walks. It has a great restaurant within walking distance and many world famous vineyards and restaurants are a bus ride away. The golf course is a 5 minute bus journey and they will provide you with clubs and access at an incredible price! I have never lived in a place more beautiful and peaceful. Waiheke island has a real sense of community, apart from the weekly market in Ostend, there's always a festival or a performance going on. Check out the local cinema in Oneroa! The fast ferry to Auckland means the city and the rest of New Zealand is right there when you need it. No wonder everyone in New Zealand wants to live here. Thank you Gayleen and Don for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful home. We will be back. Excellent Margaret Munro 6/18/2012 9:41:00 AM
Our long-awaited visit to New Zealand was made perfect by our stay at Pacific View on Waiheke. (We are an older couple from Canada.) The million-dollar views, comfortable house, lovely gardens and relaxed ambience were wonderful. Gayleen and Don, our hosts, went out of their way to welcome us with tea, scones and cream, and had organized a shuttle to take us to the ferry. Access to downtown Auckland and the University was quite efficient (going as a foot passenger and taking public transit works very well), and we loved exploring Waiheke itself, which has a surprising variety of scenery and activities. There are great swimming beaches, wineries and vineyards, grocery stores and artists' studios within a short drive. Friends who came to visit were very envious of the extended time we spent there (a month); guests were able to stay comfortably in a separate level of the house with its own bathroom (a rarity in NZ, we found). All in all, a lovely house in one of the best places in the world to combine academic work and re-creation. Excellent Angela Ward 5/30/2012 2:05:00 PM
We rented the Mackereths' home on Waiheke for 4 months while we were in New Zealand on sabbatical, and it was wonderful! It has a beautiful view of Hauraki Gulf and was only a 5-minute walk to the Onetangi Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen). The Mackereths were warm and thoughtful hosts, who helped to arrange transportation on our arrival and gave us excellent advice on places to go and things to see while we were in New Zealand. As with most New Zealand houses, there is no central heat, but the house is well-built, with windows that seal well (which is often not the case with New Zealand houses, which are famous for being drafty!), so even a winter visit is comfortable. This is a very comfortable house in an incredibly beautiful location, and a great value. Excellent Luisa Deckard 1/18/2010 4:12:00 PM