The Riverboat 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 artefacts 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 travelling 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.


Accommodates: 2 min – 4 max

Bedrooms: 2

Bed types: 1 Queen bed, 2 single bed (bunks)

Lounge area: 1

Kitchen: 1 fully equipped

Bathroom: 1


Bed Linen and towels, Tea and Coffee supplies, Hob, Oven, Fridge/Freezer, Shower, Bush bath, Log Burner, BBQ, Music, Games,  Books, Wireless Internet, Outdoor furniture.

House Rules

Check in time: 2.30pm

Checkout time: 10.30am

No smoking

No parties

No pets

Children must be supervised at all times

Prices for the Riverboat Cottage:

$240 for one night for up to  two adults

$200 per night for bookings of two nights or more (for two adults)

$40 per night for extra adults/$30 per night for children (12 years and under).

Available all year round