River Boat Cottage

About River Boat cottage

The River Boat Cottage was originally designed for the previous owner as a place to brew manuka beer but the charm of its recycled brick floor and macrocarpa interior ensured it soon became in demand as guest accommodation.

A recent make-over has seen this cottage renamed to commemorate the river boats which used to travel the length of the Whanganui river providing a life line to those living in the river valley and a transport link to the hinterland of the north island. Informative books, pictures and artifacts in the cottage tell the story for those who want to know more.

This cottage has a second story bedroom containing a queen size bed and has a small balcony overlooking the river. Downstairs there is a bunk room, making this ideal for a couple, small families or friends traveling together. The bathroom is accessed via an enclosed porch area which also houses a romantic wood-fired outdoor bath. The rear of the cottage has a covered deck with a view towards the citrus and avocado orchard and a backdrop of native bush clad hills. The outdoor setting is completed with seating both at the front and back of the cottage and a wood fired BBQ. Indoors, a fully equipped kitchen with hob and oven mean self-catering is easy and the eclectic mix of CDs, LPs and books make relaxing a pleasure. A wood burner turns this cottage into a cozy haven for the cooler months.

Available all year.


"We had a gorgeous time thanks to the hospitality of friendly and gentle Jane and Kelly and to mother nature welcoming us with open arms. An amazing and unforgettable place."


Accommodates 2 min - 6 max
Bathrooms 1
Bed type: Queen 1
Bed type: Single bed (bunk) 2
Bed type: fold out sofa 1
Kitchen: fully equipped 1
Lounge Area 1


  • BBQ
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  • Heating
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  • Bush bath
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  • Music
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  • Log burner
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  • Books
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  • Essentials
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  • Wireless internet
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  • Hob
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  • Outdoor furniture
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  • Oven
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  • Shower
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  • Fridge/Freezer
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  • Dryer
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  • Coffee
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  • Chair
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House rules

Check in time 2.30 pm
Check out time 10.30 am
Smoking No
Parties No
Pets No
Children must be supervised at all times



Get the children out for the school holidays……..bring a coat and boots, there’s plenty to do and see!

28th Sept – 15th October (inc)  – Book the James K or Riverboat cottage and just pay for two adults –  two children up to 15 yrs stay for free.

$240 for one night or $200 per night for bookings of two nights or more (extra adult/child $40 pp/pn).

(must quote “Web kids go free” when booking)

Prices for River Boat Cottage:

2 people:  $240 for one night or $200 per night for bookings of two or more nights.

$40 per extra night, children under 12 yrs $30 per extra night


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