The guesthouse is situated near Palm Beach, a two minute stroll from the beach and with picturesque views. This modern abode sleeps eight comfortably and has all the creature comforts.
Discovered and settled by Maori approximately 1000 years ago, Waiheke translates to 'cascading waters'. Some Maori legends say that one of the pioneering waka (canoes) to New Zealand came upon the island. The first traces of Europeans arrived with the missionary Samuel Marsden in the early 1800s, several years after Captain Cook passed by and acknowledged the island in his travels through the Hauraki Gulf.
Waiheke Island is home to a permanent population of around 8,000 residents. About 2,000 of these residents commute to Auckland via ferry every day for work. As a popular holiday destination, the population is said to swell to about 50,000 people over the summer months.
Much of the population lives close to the western end of the island, or close to an east-west isthmus between Huruhi Bay and Oneroa Bay. Here are the settlements of Oneroa and Blackpool, and immediately east of these are Palm Beach, Surfdale, and Ostend. Further east lies Onetangi, which is located on the central north coast on the wide Onetangi Bay. Much of the eastern half of Waiheke Island is privately owned farmland.