Waiheke Cottages also affectionately known as the Kiwi Bach, are properties from “yester year” Unfortunately with property prices going through the roof, most of these quaint and cute cottages have been replaced with modern styled holiday homes, which is such a pity but that’s progress, or so they say.
Many of these original cottages were actual homes for those who were living on the island back then, and a classic example of this would be Drop Anchor which was the original Waiheke farm mangers homestead, back in the late 1800’S. This perfect example of a Waiheke Cottage sits beachfront in Enclosure Bay, which is only 2.5 kilometres from the main village of Oneroa where there are cafes and shops galore. Drop Anchor was fully restored and brought back to life when Waiheke Unlimited obtained the management rights for use as a holiday home. Everything except the walls were removed and fully modernised but taking great care to keep the original feel of being a casual styled beachfront cottage.
Another wonderful example of a Cottage is The Little Blue Cottage, which was originally someone’s little hideaway Bach. This compact 2 bedroom Cottage sits on the outskirts of Oneroa Village, and is only 3 minutes stroll to be on the pristine white sands of Oneroa Beach.
The Little Blue Cottage was fully restored, once Waiheke Unlimited took on the management rights, and a full restoration was undertaken only leaving the outside walls, so this cottage remains looking like it used to be 100+ years ago, until you walk inside to see everything is tastefully decorated with new and modern throughout.
Today a small Waiheke Cottage will cost you around a million dollars, unfortunately gone are the days where these beautiful properties were being sold for a few pounds.