"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 benefitted 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
"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
"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
"Fantastic location. Great communication with host. Lovely walk along river and up the hill to a cafe/vineyard. Fisherman's Oasis."
Helen - June 2021
"Amazing property right on the waters edge. Cozy & had all the mod cons. Fisherman's Oasis"
Sarah-Jane - June 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Loved our stay - thank you for being fantastic, informative hosts and making our stay enjoyable. We loved the kayaking and the Tongariro River Trail bike ride - as well as the long day doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We hope to be back again! Pihanga Room"
John and Emma - December 2020
"Ideal 'base camp' for Tongaririo Crossing, great hosts Great hosts, it felt like staying with family or friends. The shuttle service at prices similar to the large commercial buses is perfect, because the hosts take you from the property to the start of Tongariro Crossing and collect you at the end of the walk, with a cold drink! Very nicely located, away from the craziness of the larger tourist centres and on the border of the lake. The lake is at the end of the street, a one minute walk away from the room. It was great to have a swim after walking the Tongariro. We really enjoyed our stay and felt like everything was aimed at giving us a relaxing and pleasant holiday experience. Everything we needed and more :)"
Roderick/Netherlands - May 2020
"The hosts Michael and Barb were extremely helpful and accommodating. Despite sudden early departure because of the Corona Panademie, they stood by us with advice and action until the end and have allowed us a wonderful stay until then. They were approachable at all times without being intrusive."
Birgit/Germany - March 2020
"Barb and Michael were amazing hosts. Very friendly, approachable, helpful and kind. They made us feel really relaxed and comfortable. The Boathouse we stayed at was beyond our expectations, photos don't give it justice. It's beautifully furnished, spotless and modern bathroom, spacious room, comfortable bed. Tasty breakfast was included, which we had outside, on the patio. Birds singing and running around the garden were a bonus! Barb drove us to the Tongariro Crossing and picked us up afterwards, then served delicious homemade burgers. She is very knowledgeable, answered all our questions about New Zealand and Tongariro/Kuratau area. Calm and pretty surroundings of the Boathouse made us feel rested and we didn't want to leave. Beach with amazing views is only two minutes away. The Boathouse"
Cezary/ Poland - March 2020
"Breakfast was delivered each morning at the time chosen the night before. It was always fresh and delicious. Barb and Michael go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. We loved everything about our stay with them. the only down side was we had to leave, as we would have stayed in the area longer. A couple approached us while we were enjoying a pizza and wine at the Floating Rock Winery, and asked us how we ended up in Kuratau. Our answer was "Luck, just good luck""
Eileen/Canada - February 2020
"An excellent base to explore southern end of Lake Taupo with friendly,welcoming and very knowlegeable hosts. They provided us with transport to and from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and made sure we were properly provisioned. We were also able to hire a kayak from them and the property is very close to the lake edge and river. Our hosts advice was excellent. Breakfasts were excellent and provided an opportunity to chat to our hosts. It was also very useful to have access to clothes washing facilities."
Matthew/GB - February 2020
"Beautiful location at the lake, great for a swim or kayak after a day trip, at walking distance from the house. Barb and Michael are very thoughtful and knowledgable hosts. The 'Boathouse' is more like a five star hotel room in the backyard of their house. Nice to have a meal in the midst of the grapevines at the vineyard around the corner. Delicious breakfast is served in the garden, where you can also make a bbq."
Corinne/Netherlands - February 2020
"Three days of adventure and relaxation in a friendly and safe environment. Barb the owner was attentive and very friendly. Her local knowledge was invaluable and she went out of her way to make us feel welcome and see to our every need!"
Dave/GB - January 2020
"This a fabulous place to unwind, and Barb and Mike were brilliant hosts. The accommodation is ideal, with easy access to the lake and the National park. The kayak trip up the Kuratau River is beautiful. Thanks again for a perfect stay."
Sarah/UK - January 2020
"Clean & cozy, The Boathouse is a large one-room home - king-size comfortable bed. The host, Barb, will give you spot-on suggestions for activities - we followed all her suggestions and had a great outdoor hiking and exploring adventure. Barb is very helpful and is available to advise & aid you."
Mari/USA - November 2019
"This was an excellent find - spotless, very comfortable and in an incredible location. Barb was a fantastic host who took really good care of us, and who knows the area inside out. It’s also really good value for money. The breakfast is fresh and delicious and just what you need before you go off exploring and coming back to heated blankets in the bed really topped it off. We wish we had more time there! We’d not hesitate to go back or to recommend."
Sarah / UAE - August 2019
"We absolutely loved staying in The Boathouse and we absolutely love the hosts! You guys are amazing! Thank you so much."
Jessica - August 2021
"We spent three nights with Barb and Michael! It was an unforgettable time! Starting with the accommodation, which was neatly decorated with attention to detail, then the very tasty breakfast with fresh fruit, cereals, various spreads and the best coffee, the location directly on Lake Taupo! The hospitality of Barb and Michael was incomparable. They put so much effort into making us feel completely at ease! And that's what we have! One evening they even made burgers for us! Thank you for the wonderful time!!!""
Christiane/Germany - July 2019
"What an amazing host! Barb went out of her way to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. She gave us breakfast, made reservations and provided much needed guidance on the best that the area has to offer. The space is immaculate, comfortable and located in a beautiful, quiet area. Highly, strongly, definitely recommend"
Yolanda/USA - July 2019