Taupo Explorer

69 The Marina, Taupo
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Boutique Accommodation - on the Water For a truly memorable Lake Taupo holiday, instead of opting for the usual motel unit accommodation, indulge yourself and experience the ultimate in comfort and style on board our exquisite 12 metre houseboat, "Explorer" Discover the mystery surrounding beautiful, Lake Taupo. A fabulous destination - all year round. As well as having the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand that boasts world class trout fishing, there are no shortages of activities and entertainment that caters for all ages. Or just kick back and relax, the views are nothing short of spectacular. A stay on board Taupo Explorer is perfect for romantic getaways, short or long breaks, small private parties, a base for fishing trips, business functions, you name it... the simple truth is, once you have experienced it, there is nothing that compares with a unique floating accommodation experience - literally - "on the water". Absolute Lakefront Accommodation “Explorer” sleeps up to 6 people and offers absolute lakefront accommodation for stays on our private berth in the marina, perfectly situated in the centre of Taupo. The Houseboat is fully equipped for all your needs. Pleases Note: The Taupo Explorer is accommodation only, #69 in the marina. It is not a self-drive, but we invite you to check back into the website in future as we will be incorporating fully catered lunch and dinner cruises. These will be bookings only and our skipper will be taking the boat out to the scenic foreshore, approx 3 hrs cruising, and max 6/8 people. Please note our rates are based on a minimum stay of 2 nights assuming one or two people sharing and includes a fee for cleaning. Rate $180 per night 1-2 People Extra persons $50 (No children under 12) For each extra person per night up to the maximum of 6 people. Cleaning Cleaning is provided. Additional charge of $80 per stay Please note Minimum stay of 2 Nights e.g Two people sharing for two nights the rate is $440 A 50% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Bond A bond of $200 is required 5 days before your arrival which is refundable on inspection. Guest Comments Perfect location and an incredible experience. The boat might be our favourite part of our already epic trip. Arriving was a breeze, close to shops, easy to barbecue on and the sunsets were heaven. We loved the little extra touches, like leaving a little bottle of champagne and beer in the fridge for our one year wedding anniversary! They even left us a small snack. So thoughtful! Better than any hotel. October 2015 Did not get to meet our host, but the stay was lovely. I would recommend this for a unique lodging at Lake Taupo. Not very accessible, as it requires climbing around the boat to enter, but if you are mobile, it is ok. The boat was a little cold at night, but there is lots of bedding, and we were provided with two space heaters. The boat is very close to the town, so walking around would be easy. There is a grill in the back of the boat, which made for a great dinner one of the nights. Maureen also provided us with some Kiwi treats and drinks, which were a nice welcome to the area. :-) May 2015 Explorer Houseboat was an absolute joy for our two day visit to Lake Taupo. Extremely quaint and filled with creative touches, it felt very homely and perfectly compact. Its location at the Marina also couldn't have been any better, as we were on the doorstep of both town and all of the activities Taupo had to offer. Karl & Maureen were also great hosts and extremely helpful whenever a small issue or question would arise. I would highly recommend booking the Houseboat, as it's not just a place to stay it's also an experience. May 2015

Details and amenities

No kids
Pet outside only
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Sky TV
Swimming Pool
Accessible Bathroom
Extra Bedding
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Internet available
iPod Dock
Oil heaters
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Double(s), 2 Double Bunk(s), 2 Single(s)

Special Amenities

The explorer is berthed in the Taupo Marina, close to all water sport and sightseeing activities. We are 3 minutes walk to the cbd, library and info office, lovely shopping and cafe/restaurants. Taxi’s readily available, bus stop 3 minutes walk. Perfect location if you haven’t got a vehicle, or parking directly in front of the boat if you have.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Swim off the back of the boat, when the lake temperature allows. Fishing charters, scenic cruises, canoes and paddle boards for hire within a 3 minute walk. Wonderful scenic central location. Taupo markets 2 minutes walk!


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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
All year$250 / Night for 2 guests$503 Nights
All year
$250 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 3 Nights
Minimum stay of 2 nights
Nightly rate assumes 1 or 2 persons sharing




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