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 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 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 gas BBQ. Indoors, a fully equipped kitchen with hob and oven mean self-catering is easy and the eclectic mix of LPs and books make relaxing a pleasure. A wood burner turns this cottage into a cozy haven for the cooler months. Available all year.

Please note: the bedrooms in this cottage can feel quite separate and may not be suitable for families with very young children. 


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: 3pm Checkout time: 10.30am No smoking or vaping No parties No pets Children must be supervised at all times


Off-Peak (May – 23rd December)

$275 for one night for two adults 
$245 per night for bookings of two nights or more (for two adults) 
$50 per night for extra adults/children.

Public holiday weekends and Summer season (24th December – 30th April)

Minimum Two nights
$500 for two nights (for two adults)
$200 per extra night (for two adults)
$50 per night for extra adults/children 


Prices valid for stays upto 30th April 2025.