On a New Zealand island, I stayed in a modest home for two nights for $475. Even though I had to use a porta bathroom, it was still superior to most hotels I’ve stayed in.


Waiheke Island is located around a 40-minute ferry ride from the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. AROUND THE 12-MILE ISLAND ARE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MANSIONS, FIELDS OF VINEYARDS, AND SEAFOOD EVERYWHERE.

Auckland Council , the island, which has 10,000 residents, receives 900,000 tourists annually.

According to Vogue , Waiheke Island has developed a reputation as The Hamptons of New Zealand due to its opulent residences and affluent visitors including Bill Gates, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonc.

After hearing about Waiheke’s wine, scenery, and celebrities, I decided to spend two nights there myself.