"We loved our stay at Barb’s Lodge. Though only a short stay we saw the beautiful scenery locally and there were some amazing walks and hikes within a 10-20 minute drive. The lake is literally a 30 second walk from the Lodge and is so peaceful. Barb’s place has everything you need for a relaxing stay - we suggest heading to the supermarket prior to arrival as the closest supermarket is a 20minute drive away and you won’t want to leave Barb’s place once you arrive (and don’t need to!) The fireplace and outdoor heating make it suitable to holiday all year round. Next time we will book for longer! Thanks Barb!"
Chloe - April 2023
"Wonderful hosts, fantastic property and location! Our hosts were incredible - they made our time at Lake Taupo amazing. They were accommodating and went the extra mile for us during our stay, we cannot thank them enough! We are very excited to return ASAP. BnB"
Alex - April 2023
"Thanks so much for a great stay! The facilities, beautiful garden, and birdsong were wonderful. Breakfast was perfect! Thanks as well for the local tips. Barb and Mike are awesome hosts! Looking forward to visiting again. The Boathouse"
Christina - April 2023
"The location was fantastic and the hospitality was wonderful. We would visit again and again. All was excellent. BnB"
Ken - March 2023
"Barb’s place was easy to find and we parked right outside. The apartment had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and we slept really well. The lake was within a minutes walk and I had a wonderful swim there. Barb and Mike are super friendly and enthusiastic, and have lots of helpful recommendations. The visit to the local thermal baths after walking The Crossing was such a brilliant idea and next day I had no aches and pains. Highly recommended. BnB"
Rachel - March 2023
"We were looking to experience the beauty of New Zealand and we got that and more from Barb’s place. The backyard faced a river and mountains, the Lake Taupo was a few meters walk, WhioWhio track entrance was right opposite the home and the place offered privacy and comfort. Barb gave us tips and recommendations and was very helpful. Overall we had a great experience at Fisherman's Oasis."
Venka - March 2023
"Can we put 6 stars? Mike and Barb are exemplary hosts, very friendly, available and accommodating. Mike and Barb's place is THE PLACE TO BE! Very well located, very clean, equipped with everything you may need during your stay and even what you have not thought of! The breakfast is delicious and very sufficient. I would have liked to stay there longer but other guests were arriving. I recommend it without moderation! BnB"
Asma - March 2023
"We loved Barb and Michael’s hosting. The Boathouse house was idyllic. We received a lovely breakfast tray each morning. The Boathouse was spotlessly clean. It was tranquil and relaxing There is nothing to dislike about this property. It deserves 10 out of 10 every time The Boathouse"
Helen- March 2023
"Excellent stay at the foot of Tongariro National Park. Barb and Michael are exceptional hosts of kindness, availability. they are full of attention for their visitors. The Boathouse, is very nice, functional, clean, well maintained and independent. it overlooks a beautiful garden. Breakfast is provided and the availability of a BBQ is a plus. All this contributed to the perfect success of our stay in Tongariro. a big plus, Barb arranged our onward transport at the beginning of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing trail."
Jean - Luc - February 2023
"Relaxing, peaceful and extremely welcoming. Barb and Mike are fantastic hosts. The property is fantastically comfortable, clean and relaxing. We wanted for nothing. Barb offered plenty of thoughts and ideas on places to go. For those wanting something more strenuous there are options on your doorstep or a short drive which Barb and Mike can help with. Loved it there and only wish that we could stay for longer! The Boathouse"
Nic - February 2023
"A very nice room with everything you need! It is very clean and the location is a dream! The lake is a few meters away and has a fantastic setting. Barb and Mike were very nice and made us feel very welcome. The breakfast was delicious! We'll be back!"
Sanna - November 2022
"The Lodge is located a stone's throw from the lake. You can hear the waves at night. It is beautifully sheltered with a great sunny outdoor living space. If a little cooler in the evening, overhead outdoor heaters ensure you are warm. We dined outside each evening. The interior is a simple but a very workable layout. It is tasteful yet not precious, great if holidaying with small folk as we were. The vibe is definitely one of relaxation. The holiday feel is real!! If you have a boat, being able to park up on the section makes boating super easy. The kitchen is well equipped, the bed linen crisp. The hosts are lovely people, very helpful, good communicators and you get to deal directly with them. We would highly recommend The Lodge and hope to return again. The Lodge."
Nicola - February 2022
"Probably the nicest hosts around! We had an awesome time here. Barb was awesome with the comms, the place was as described, super tidy and lovely; and we benefited enormously from Mike and Barb’s local knowledge. The thought that they had put into the details of their hosting was really impressive too— you can tell they’re experts at this. Great time, great place, great hosts. 10/10 The Boathouse"
Jayne - January 2022
"Highly recommend this stay. Great for a family getaway, so relaxing, heaps to do or settle in by the fire. The Lodge"
Jo - July 2021
"We stayed here for 2 nights while attending a wedding. Michael and Barb were great hosts. The room was lovely, very clean, spacious and quiet. We look forward to staying here again. The Boathouse"
Danielle - March 2021
"'We had a great stay with Barb and Michael! Outstanding hospitality and tremendous tips on local sights and activities. We really loved our evening kayaking up the river to dine on wood fired pizza. The place was very clean and the bed was super comfy. Not to mention the very nice complementary breakfast. Bang for your buck here! We highly recommend.' Pihanga Room"
Jess and Addison - February 2021
"Fantastic location. Great communication with host. Lovely walk along river and up the hill to a cafe/vineyard. Fisherman's Oasis."
Helen - June 2021
"Fabulous, fabulous place to stay. 10/10 for accommodation, 20/10 for hosts. Barb and Mike you are really fantastic hosts. We will be booking again, you can count on it. The Boathouse"
Gordon & Esther - February 2021
"Fantastic lodge style Kiwi bach. Very clean. Good communication. Very well equipped with everything to make your stay hassle free. Close to the lake. Epic bird life all around. Perfect... The Lodge"
James - August 2021
"Amazing property right on the waters edge. Cozy & had all the mod cons. Fisherman's Oasis"
Sarah-Jane - June 2021
"Lovely place to stay. Barb & Mike amazing hosts & go above & beyond to support your stay & adventures. The Boathouse spotless & lovely. Breakfast wonderful. Look forward to coming back soon! Many thanks you two gems!"
Dan & Ange - January 2021
"Barb was an amazing host and very warm and welcoming. Her local knowledge was invaluable and she went out of her way to make us feel welcome and see to our every need!” Breakfast was delivered every morning on time. But also very delicious. The Boathouse was an amazing place to stay. Bed was comfortable, bed linen was plush. The location is close to the lake. Very handy for sunrises. The Boathouse."
Asia - March 2021
"Thank you so much for our wonderful stay. The Boathouse had everything we needed for our Weekend Getaway, spacious yet cosy, warm, private, clean and seconds away from the lake access. Our hosts provided a great breakfast and were knowledgeable and friendly throughout. We would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone wanting a lake getaway or if hiking Tongariro Crossing like we did. Barb provides a Shuttle pick up and drop off service to The Tongariro Crossing which is definitely worth booking! The Boathouse."
Maisie - April 2021
"Thanks so much for making our celebration extra special! Thanks for the kayak & tips where to go. Thanks for a fabulous stay, great service, great chat, yummy breakfast & superb co-ordination of drop off/pick up for The Tongariro Crossing with a much needed beer! Will definitely recommend you to friends. The Boathouse"
Richard and Belinda - January 2021
"Excellent location, close to the beach. Really spotlessly clean, with lovely fresh sheets provided. Would definitely stay again. The Lodge"
Kirstie - January 2021