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Drop Anchor Beach House at Enclosure Bay

Enclosure Bay Oneroa

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“Well maintained comfortable bach in a great position near Enclosure Bay.”
Bridget - 16 July 2024

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This 4 bedroom character filled holiday cottage that has been owned by the same family for 3 generations. Recently the house has gone through a complete make over. The inside was renovated, fully redecorated and all applicances replaced. However, the essence of the home has been retained. This remains, at its heart, a classic Kiwi bach.

As soon as you step through the front door all those childhood memories come flooding back. Here as kids we could spend all day on the beach and run home without having to worry about sand on our feet or being told off by the oldies for making a mess. Family dinners around the huge dining table and games of hide and seek on the lawn.

With 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms the house can comfortably sleep 8 guests. The bed configuration has the Master bedroom with a California (split-able) King bed in a large room which opens onto the wrap around covered deck, with the view across the Bay. The second bedroom has a king bed and the third bedroom in the main house has a king single bed.

At the back door is the sleep out, which has a double and single in one room along with a connected en-suite with shower and toilet.

The compact kitchen was fully remodeled in 2024 and comes with Smeg oven and gas hob, stainless steel dishwasher, micro wave and full size fridge-freezer. There are plenty of bowls, platters and utensils - everything you may need to whip up the great meal.  

There are also board games and books galore, along with free use of the kayaks under the house.

The flooring throughout the main house has also been fully replaced in 2024 with beautiful engineered timber, giving the house a clean and fresh feel.

There is a 40" TV with Sky and of course free Wifi as well as stacks of books, magazines and board games to keep you occupied.

There is also newly installed air conditioning/heat-pump unit to keep you cool during summer months and warm during winter times.

The wrap around deck has a large BBQ and outdoor furniture and at the front of the property a large flat lawn offers space to play and a good spot to park a boat. There is a further lawn to the rear, this has a purpose built area for a tent.

Drop Anchor is truly delightful, which will suit guests looking for that special and memorable holiday experience, they just don’t make houses like this anymore. If you are looking for a traditional kiwi beach holiday in an authentic and unspoiled location, look no further.


Please note that a 7-night minimum stay is required from the 20th Dec to the 10th January, a 3-night minimum stay for long weekends and 2-night minimum stay at all other times. One night bookings can be accommodated, during the 2 night minimum stay periods, at a 50% loading on the nightly rate (please inquire with the office).

Waiheke Unlimited offers a wide range of services for the duration of your visit, including private in-house Chefs, daily housekeeping, beach towel hire, transport, tours and experiences, massage, child minding, port-a-cot and/or high chair hire, etc. Advance bookings required. 

Enclosure Bay beach · Onetangi beach · The Venue · Charlie Farley's · Poderi Crisi vineyard · Stonyridge vineyard ·Passage Rock vineyard · Man O War vineyard and cafe · Oneroa 5 mins away · Palm Beach 5 mins away · Supermarket 5 mins away ·Ferry terminal 5 mins away ·

  • Beach front Cottage
  • North Facing
  • Fully restored and modernised 1920's cottage
  • 4 bedrooms sleeping 8 with extra baby room · 
  • Bedroom 1: Master - 1 x Split King bed (can be 2 x singles)
  • Bedroom 2: with Split King (can be 2 x singles)
  • Bedroom 3: King Single
  • Bedroom 4: Sleepout - 1 x Double 2 x single beds
  • Baby room
  • 2 x bathrooms with showers
  • New kitchen with dishwasher
  • Washer and drier in laundry
  • Gas Stove/hob
  • Fridge freezer
  • Flat screen TV with Sky
  • Wifi
  • BBQ
  • Special area for tents
  • Flat lawn front and back
  • Parking for multiple cars
  • Boat ramp at end of street
  • Board games, books, kayaks
  • Pet friendly (must be well behaved and toilet trained)
“Hi Manon, we have had an awesome stay. Absolutely love the place.”
Lilli - 05 June 2024
“Nothing - it's a fantastic place to stay :)”
Karl - 19 May 2024
“Lovely location <3”
Jade - 08 April 2024
“Great location, excellent facilities, spacious. Will definitely come again. Thank you for the enjoyable stay.”
Derelee - 27 February 2024
“A wonderful relaxing time with the family. The house was lovely, large and light with a great outlook from every room. Kitchen was well-equipped and we appreciated the use of kayaks, the heat pump, the array of books and games, the large table, and outdoor area including picnic table, mosquito screens (although not in single bedroom) and large section. ”
Eve - 21 January 2024
“Great location. Was a wonderful spot to unwind and enjoy the surroundings.”
Michelle - 19 December 2023 - 10/10
“Drop Anchor was a comfortable beach house right across from the beach. A gem of a cove with crystal clear warm water and a short walk to Sandy Bay as well. The deck was a favourite spot to sit in the sunshine and catch up with family although with a potential of 8 guests, the kitchen was a little small. The beds were very comfortable and with beautiful linen.”
Robyn - 26 March 2023 - 10/10
“This is our second stay and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Great secluded location, beautiful scenery, all the things you need for a great R&R.
The place was clean, has sufficient accessories and is welcoming.
Love the kitchen and floor renovations.
cannot fault anything, just wish we could stay forever.
Will be back for a third visit”
Michelle - 19 December 2023
“We had a little farewell for our best friends and it was an awesome place to cook, go fishing and have a good time. Would absolutely book again:)”
Dana - 08 November 2022 - 10/10
““Location as good as it gets for families. House was clean, and well appointed. Kids and adults enjoyed swimming, and use of the kayaks. Enclosure Bay ideal for kayaks and literally 50 metres from property.
Kids made good use of supplied games. Close to beautiful walks. Close to good(successful) rock fishing and penguin viewing.Agent was good too; appreciated agent’s assistance when needed.””
Elise – April 2022 10/10
“Enclosure Bay is so beautiful and peaceful we enjoyed sitting on the deck relaxing with a wine. The sun was just streaming down and looking out to the bay it was so incredible. Also McKenzie reserve is not far if you are keen for a walk. The house was great and accommodated our group of 6 - it is value for money. We caught buses and taxis around the Island, however next time we will bring / rent a car to explore the island fully. ”
Sharmaine June 2021 5 out of 5
“Beautiful property right by the waters edge. A lovely, relaxed place to stay. Thanks for a lovely stay!
Kelsey 22 Jan 2021 Rating 10/10
“Definitely a 10.
Just spent 3 weeks at this great property. Could have stayed forever, it was so good, thanks, we will return.”
Earthlink Oct 20
“9.8 rating
Very good for a group
Peaceful. Near the beach and good showers. Had a blast, we shall return.”
Mathew Sept 20
“Rating of 10
Could not have been more perfect for us. The kids had a ball. Thanks we shall return.”
Steve B Sept 20
“10 Star.
Great spot, so close to beach and just a fun place to stay.”
Rachael March 20
“Back again for the 3rd time. We just love Drop anchor. Although it is old and rustic, it is full of character, and if one is looking for a super casual, beachfront property with large flat lawn, then this is the one. It is such a dramatic change from our New York home, which is probably why we enjoy it so much. ”
Benson NY Dec 19
“Just as I thought it would be, rustic and full of character, not everyone's cup of tea, but for me and my family it is perfect.”
Kate M Nov 19
“"Just a quick note to let you know that we really enjoyed our stay at drop anchor. It’s an amazing property in a gorgeous location and we’ll definitely be back."”
Marion Rosa Jan 2019
“My family and I have just spent 2 superb weeks at Drop anchor. It was not what we were expecting but far exceeded our expectations. This character filled cottage gave us a truly unique kiwi beach holiday experience. Its not 5 star property but it is a 5+ star experience. The kids ran around exploring and my wife and I just sat back and relaxed. Highly recommended if you are wanting a chilled laid back holiday.
Thank you we will be back.”
Andrew S. Nov 2018
“"Great spot, we anchored our boat in Sandy Bay and walked to the property. House was clean and had everything we needed. Good having the sleep out as extra accommodation. Was nicer than we expected. Very efficient and easy to deal with. Owners left Easter eggs and ice for us which was a nice touch."”
Meredith Maclean April 2018
““A delightful Bach and very helpful hosts””
Julie Inglis March 2018
“"Very easy to deal with. All questions/concerns dealt with promptly. The house suited our needs very well. It was clean and comfortable and the view was beautiful! There is plenty of seating on the porch as well as inside the house. The kitchen is well equipped and the shower works great. One oddity is that the beds are on wheels so if you want to sit up and read in bed, you may find yourself travelling across the room. The only negative is that the washing machine is complicated to figure out; the plumbing is hooked up to the sink in a unique way."”
Laura Thompson March 18
“Great place to visit with family or friends. Drop Anchor has everything you need and is located in quaint Enclosure Bay. Great swimming at high tide (endorsed by the few locals who know about it) It is only 5 mins of the beaten track from Oneroa. We have been to Waiheke many times and we were delighted with this new find.”
Ian Stephens Feb 2018
“Drop Anchor is Drop Dead gorgeous. Thank you we had a really lovely time and will return. Highly recommended.”
Goodhue Feb 18
“Absolutely amazing house with everything available to ensure that my family could relax and we could really enjoy our time together in such a beautiful location! Ed is such a tremendous host...thank you!! :)”
Lani Williams Feb 16
“Location, location, location! Had a fantastic stay at Enclosure Bay this week and it was very difficult to leave! Lovely house with all the comforts of home + a touch of luxury. Amazing views from most rooms in the house and perfect weather. Communication with our host, both before and during our stay was great and any issues were promptly addressed. Loved this house”
Jackie Burdette Dec 15
“Perfect in every way. Just as described, a lovingly restored cottage, with a wonderful feel, and in the greatest location. The boys went diving for dinner while us girls sat on the deck and chilled. What a wonderful weekend, thankyou, we are already planning our return.”
Susi M Oct 15
This property has just that.It is excellent, and great value.”
Emily E Sept 15
“i have just had the privilege of being one of the first guests to stay at your new listing, Drop Anchor, Enclosure Bay. What a treat! Everything one could want for a marvelous holiday, thank you.”
Penny Smith

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7 night minimum Dec 20 - Jan 10; 3 night minimum Easter, Queens Birthday, Labour Weekend,  Anniversary weekends; 2 night minimum all other times.

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