Paradise in Motion at the Oyster Inn, Waiheke
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12th Apr 2013
But just 30 minutes from Auckland and nestled into the heart of Waiheke island is a meeting point that after just a few months has become not only the talk of the town and country, but a place on the lips of a certain cognoscenti that know no bounds.
Welcome to a weekend at the Oyster Inn, where it feels like 1976, but with way better lighting, food and design.
A 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland but a world away, Waiheke has recently been launched into the to-do list of the global jetset with the opening of the Oyster Inn, a cute little boutique project by the London and Hong Kong duo of Jonathan Rutherfurd Best and Andrew Glenn.
Waiheke is less pretentious than Australia's Byron Bay and milder than Montauk. It has better wine than Plettenburg Bay, is more lush than Punta del Este and has chillaxin down like Formentera, but was missing a bit on the food scene, with locations that were dominated by formal dining at the islands vineyards and a dearth of sophisticated fare in the island's tiny one street villages.
With simple menus and wholesome fare, a focus on fun entertainment and personalized customer service, along with an airy, sophistobeach vibe, the Oyster Inn is the type of place one could imagine settling in to write that long anticipated novel --- only to discover a week later that you haven't started because you've been drinking Man O' War chardonnay and staring at the sunlight dappled Hauraki Bay and distant Coromandel peninsula.
Around the magnificently clean island you'll enjoy sparkling hilltop views and pristine perfect beaches, abundant fishing and over thirty magnificent vineyards. There's not much to do here but relax and soak in the quality of life - a kind of slow-rolling paradise with a warming aftertaste of the past.
The Osyter Inn, (and Waiheke in general) is a legend in the making along the likes of La Huella... and as it becomes 'discovered' will be a source for many perfect postcards from the future.