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Boutique Accommodation on the Water

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.
Read more about the houseboat here


Taupo Explorer
Boutique Accommodation on the Water

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Please 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.



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.



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. :-)



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.




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Boutique Accommodation on the Water

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