Sunsets & wildlife on the water in a Houseboat

House boat | Birkenhead | #33860

9.4/10 (15 ratings)
  • 4 people
  • 1 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Roof deck with barbeque ,dining for 8 and sun loungers. Soak up the views and sun while reading book
  • Ask for a guided cruise exploring the upper harbour wildlife and history.Extra charges apply
  • Only 20 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland but in another world of stunning sunsets & wildlife

The HouseBoat is tied up to a private wharf at the bottom of a secret garden of giant trees in a quiet little valley right on the water. The property is a little oasis of peaceful connection with nature. With serene views from every side of the Houseboat of the water or trees, the Houseboat is the perfect place to take your loved ones to relax and unwind. The name of the Houseboat is Kotare which means kingfisher in the native language ( Maori ) of New Zealand. If you are lucky you will see the native Kingfisher during your stay and lots of other native birds. The owners on request for an extra charge will take you on a guided tour of the local waterways and historic spots which include the historic Riverhead Hotel where you can sit can on the waterfront deck and enjoy the water and if you are lucky enjoy the local blues/jazz bands that regularly play.On request the owners can moor the Houseboat in various romantic spots for the perfect special treat for your loved one.Ask about our special treats to make your romantic escape one to remember.

For those you love to explore there are a wide range of walks in nature in the area .We also have two beaches that are perfect for children. Across the water there is a wonderful Farmers market on weekends. Your hosts can also recommend their favorite eating places and entertainment . The locals are very welcoming and is probably the best place in Auckland to get to know real Kiwis. The local village is only 5 minutes walk away and there you will find the famous House of Chocalate. Close by is a real French Cafe owned by a French man who provides the real french experience.. If you want to explore the rest of the city ask us about a guided tour of the best spots with hosts born and bred in Auckland. The ferry which is only 2 minutes away takes you to downtown Auckland in 20 minutes for a day of city life.If you want to stay longer than a couple of days we are happy to give you a special rate for a unique holiday experience

Special conditions: Kotare is most suited for quiet activities so we cannot accept bookings that will disturb the environment and our neighbours, We are also strictly non smoking so if you smoke we will decline your booking. Please respect our expectations.We live on site in a family home but well away from the Houseboat. We are happy to invite you into our home and to share a meal if you would like the company.If you are looking for privacy we are happy to oblige. Ideal for 2 adults or small family of 4.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Boat ramp
  • Clothes dryer
  • Electric blankets
  • Fridge
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Life jackets
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Special events venue
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • living room

    Combined living/sleeping area

    2 x Bunk bed
    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

  • master bedroom

    1 x Double bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Cleaning $25.00 per stay (optional); Linen $15.00 per stay (optional)
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
24-Jun-17 to 24-Sep-18
$135/night $135/night

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (15)

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  • Gorgeous and very comfortable houseboat in lovely peaceful, quiet and beautiful location

    Gorgeous and very comfortable houseboat in lovely peaceful, quiet and beautiful location.Loved the view from the boat, particularly from the top deck ....amazing sunset

    JoanneSh1 100%|5x Feb 2017

  • Great location with million dollar view ! And beautiful surroundings...

    Great location with million dollar view ! And beautiful surroundings. Really enjoyed staying on the houseboat. It has everything you need. Easy commute to shops , cafes , parks too. Kids had a blast!

    Hare family 100%|2x Jan 2017

  • Tranquil location near to many nice walks

    Tranquil location near to many nice walks

    MirandaHo1 100%|1x Jan 2017

  • LOvely Property

    LOvely Property.

    trishac9 100%|1x Dec 2016

  • What a lovely location and a great experience all round

    What a lovely location and a great experience all round. We enjoyed the relaxed feel and the house boat was lovely and clean.

    MichelleBe19 100%|1x Nov 2016

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