The Boatel: Houseboat “Discovery 1”
Moored at the historic Lapwood Landing, the houseboat “Discovery 1” offers an ideal starting point to explore the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river). During the trip, customers will discover secluded National Reserves, secluded backwaters in the river delta, fishing spots and pristine sandbars. Guests can roam past Native bush, historic Battle sites, and enjoy breathtaking wetlands with considerable birdlife.
The houseboat cabins feature air-conditioned separate living and sleeping areas, as well as fully-equipped kitchens with refrigerators and ice-makers, dishwashers, microwaves, Sky TVs and automatic 240-volt power systems. Holidaymakers can unwind on the large upper enclosed deck which includes an 8 people spa pool, BBQ, sun lounges, a bar and table and chairs.
Four- to Six-Bedroom Houseboat Cabin
- 4 queen-size bedroom houseboat, all beds convert to single beds
- Standard occupancy: Eight people
- Maximum occupancy: 12 people
- The boat features spacious lounge dining kitchen with panoramic windows, gourmet kitchen, spacious front and rear and upper shaded decks with outdoor furniture, gourmet hooded BBQ, fully automated diesel generator, with two quiet and efficient 90hp four-stroke outboards, 7 TVs/DVDs mounted throughout the boat
The Area: Waikato Region, North Island
This region of New Zealand’s North Island marries its breathtaking scenery with a slew of activities that will tempt one’s inner explorer. Explore New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato with a walking or biking adventure that covers all manners of terrain, from open grassy fields to wooden boardwalks suspended over wetlands.
Visitors continue to be spoilt for choice in Turangi, with a choice of activities like white water rafting, kayaking, trout fishing and skiing. Lake Taupo is a mecca for adrenaline junkies, tempting thrill-seekers with bungy jumping, skydiving, quad biking and scenic helicopter flights. The Tongariro National Park has gained worldwide acclaim after being awarded UNESCO Dual World Heritage and featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Visitors to the area are towered over by three volcanoes, including the 2797m Mount Ruapehu as they take one of several walking routes. The 19.4km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is touted as the best day walk in New Zealand, challenging even the most capable hiker with its craters and windy terrain.