The Sanctuary, Church Bay

Prepare to be stunned by the privacy, views, grandeur and perfect location of this beautiful villa. Overlooking Huruhi Bay with a backdrop of stunning hills, this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa sits on 6 acres with its own private beach. read more...

Location: Church Bay

Rates From: $895-$1395

Sleeps: 9

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Children: Yes

Bedroom 1
1 King Bed
Bedroom 2
1 Queen Bed
Bedroom 3
1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed
Bedroom 4
1 King (can be split into 2 singles)


There are not enough words to describe how fantastic this property is. Totally hidden away from the rest of the world but still only 5 minutes in to Oneroa, with a private beach, a stunning kitchen with absolutely everything you could need, and then there are those fantastic indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Top all this off with views from every window and fabulous indoor and outdoor fireplaces and you have our idea of heaven. Thank you Waiheke Escapes, we can't wait to go back!!
Lynette - March, 2019
We recently had the very real pleasure of staying at The Sanctuary- Church Bay when attending a family wedding at nearby Mudbrick.

The house, location, grounds and view are spectacular and I can assure you we were very reluctant to leave on Monday morning. The house is extremely well appointed, you want for nothing including beautifully dry wood for the fire that we had blazing on Sunday night.

There are four bedrooms that can accommodate 9 people, a bathroom upstairs and another downstairs, a wonderful kitchen that amongst many other things has a set of wonderfully sharp knives (many thanks !), a well equipped laundry and an extremely pleasant outdoor verandah area with a large table and chairs, outdoor fireplace, barbecue, and various other lounging chairs and low tables.
It is a very comfortable and relaxing environment inside and out, there are three persimmon trees in the garden and they were overflowing with tuis gorging on the fruit the whole time we were there, the birdsong was beautiful.

The other real pleasure for me personally was dealing with Mel and Felicia who were so welcoming, helpful, informative and went above and beyond the call of duty by kindly driving me from the property to the ferry on Friday, thanks you two, you’re stars.

Would love to revisit this property in the near future and absolutely recommend using the wonderful Mel and Felicia to ensure you have the best experience on Waiheke possible.
Shelley - May, 2019
A wonderful property that indeed felt like a sanctuary. We enjoyed all that
the property had to offer. Lacked for nothing. Instructions were easy to
follow and as a venue served our work purposes very well. I am definitely
glad we took a 4 wheel drive as that drive is very steep.

So all is well and thank you.
James - August, 2019
“Fantastic House with an unbeatable location. A beautiful and eclectic sanctuary. Would hire our own 4WD next time as the islands taxis are a hesitant to take on the driveway. Would definitely recommend and stay again.”
John - September, 2019
'The Sanctuary is a fabulous experience. The homestead takes you back to days gone by and is very cosy and homely feeling. The view is fabulous from the deck and there is an outdoor fireplace too, even though we didn't use it. The bedrooms are a good size and the beds were comfy with all of them opening onto the upstairs balcony. The kitchen was extremely well equipped. It s very private with noone else looking in. The location is great too. Only 5 minutes from Matiatia ferry and around 10 minutes from the car ferry. Oneroa is 5 minutes up the road for supplies. We had a great weekend and we'll be back.'
Sarah - December, 2020
' We had the loveliest time at the Sanctuary. It was such a beautiful property with excellent amenities, spacious bedrooms and living areas with magnificent views. The private beach was wonderful and we had very close access to wineries as well as a quick drive to the main shops. We highly recommend to anyone to stay. '
Dora Fedaeff - February, 2021
9 members of my family stayed here for 8 days over new year. The moment we saw the house we fell in love with its beauty & position. Gorgeous views to relax by & everything you needed for a great holiday. Can’t fault it, the hosts were lovely, very attentive & kind. Thank you. A perfect holiday in a beautiful home ?
Diana English - January, 2022
The Sanctuary is all that you’d expect to be named as it is. The place is idyllically surrounded by water views and generous native bush. The Tui's are a bonus!.

The staff at Waiheke Escapes were very valuable in making the booking, they went above and beyond, making our stay at the sanctuary exceptional.

Looking forward to our next visit.
Troy - May, 2022
A stunning property with very helpful hosts. Highly recommend
Sean - May, 2022


Air conditioning
Beach front
Boat parking
Coffee plunger
Deck chairs
Dishes & utensils
Driveway (private)
Driveway (shared)
DVD player
Electric cook top
Fireplace (wood)
Garden (private)
Hair dryer
Heated towel rails
Heater (electric)
Heat pump
Ironing board
Kitchen (full)
Lawn area
Linen provided
Lock box / Code:
Ocean views
Outdoor heater
Outdoor fireplace
Oven (electric)
Sea view
Sun deck
Washing machine
Pets considered
4WD suggested

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Property Description

Located in the islands most exclusive suburb of Church Bay, only five minutes drive to the main hub of the island, Oneroa Village, this beautifully designed villa is perfect for an extended family or group. With a total floor plan of 230 square meters, this home offers the ultimate in space, style and location to ensure that guests have a truly one off experience in New Zealand’s award winning island wonderland. Bring your boat and tie up to one of the rent-able Mermaid Marine moorings available directly in front of the property and leave your dinghy on the private beach. Two of the islands most popular vineyards Mudbrick and Cable Bay, are located on the same road just minutes away.

Filled with beautiful original fittings from old properties previously located all around New Zealand, this one off property celebrates everything that is great about yesteryear while embracing today by including items like bose sound systems, a wonderful 900mm oven with an induction cooktop and flat screen television. The kitchen is big enough to host four people in it at one time comfortably, and it opens out on to arguably, the most stunning outdoor dining area complete with a beautiful electric louver system and expansive views of Huruhi Bay. Fill the old wood burner stoves in the kitchen and the living room in winter and feel the warmth upstairs as it feeds through to the bedrooms.

All four bedrooms are located on the top floor. Each room opens out on to the verandah and to more views. The generous bedrooms have wonderful high ceilings and feature stunning ceiling roses dripping with original art deco light fitiings. The stunning light filled master bedroom with its glorious views, will have you wondering if you need ever leave the room.

Beautiful gardens, a wonderful large grass area for children to play on, and a track directly to the beach below, and many wonderful walking options from 15 minutes to all day, will make this the property that you will want to come back to year after year.

This property has dirt road access for part of the way off the main road and is steep in parts. You will require 4WD access during wet weather and we highly recommend a 4WD in general. These are readily available for hire on the island and Island Taxis can provide a 4WD taxi should you not wish to hire a car. People mover vans that are not 4WD are not recommended as they are generally too light in the rear end for the ascent.

PLEASE NOTE: An exit cleaning fee of $285 applies to each stay. All linen and towels are supplied but please bring your own beach towels.

Minimum stays: Seven nights between mid-December and mid-January, two nights all other times and three nights for public holiday weekends. A security deposit of $500 is charged to your credit card seven days prior to the booking and refunded the week following your booking. Small dogs are permitted upon request at $12 per night. A late checkout of 12pm applies to this property.

This property is available for small conference groups during the Off Peak and Shoulder Seasons during weekdays only. This property is not available for weddings or parties.

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