Alex's place was down to earth with the greatest host ever; my friend and I just wanted to see an island and the local experience and we did. We got off the port from Auckland and it was easy to find the bus that took us around and our host went out of their way to pick us up from the bus stop and help us with our luggage; they welcomed us and made us feel at home right away. Easy going host with lots of ideas for local cuisine. They were talkative and easy to get along- home was humble, quiet and comfortable. Alex provided clean towels and a comfortable bed and even delicious breakfast. They also offered to help us get around, gave us great ideas of where we could eat and shop. They took time to show us some traditional vineyards, classical beaches and beautiful views in Waiheke. We had the best time getting to know their hometown, and the hidden relaxed ways of Waiheke island. We just loved our time their and would go back if we had more time there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.