Welcome to Discovery Houseboats

Auckland, New Zealand

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Overview and Tariffs for Discovery Houseboats Boutel “Discovery 1

"Discovery 1" (named and blessed "Manuwai Tuarua" by the Tainui people) has been designed as a unique, “Luxury Lodge” on the river where groups from 8 to 12 people are able to enjoy a weekend or longer enjoying the scenery, tranquility and many activities available on the river.

Two options are available;

"Self drive - Self cater" package. or

"Full Service Package". (Includes the following 4 services);

1. A day skipper for each day of the hire to drive and moor the vessel as required. He will leave the vessel each evening.

2. A cook/chef to provide, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The cook/chef will leave the vessel each evening.

3. All food for the period of the hire. You will be provided with menus when booking your holiday.

4. Maid service to make beds and clean each day

NB: because of taste variations and our desire to ensure that you have the drinks you enjoy, we ask that all drinks be self provisioned.

Our facilities include the “Discovery Meet and Greet terminal” over looking the Waikato River, where we provide a range of services including secure parking for guest’s cars.
So your holiday experience will begin by relaxing and enjoying the wonderful views of the river and the hills of native bush and New Zealand farmland, perhaps while enjoying a coffee, while your vessel is prepared and designated driver receives his training in the operation of the vessel from our skipper.

If you have forgotten your book, borrow one from our library in the Discovery terminal while waiting to board.

On "Discovery 1" you will enjoy an 8 person heated spar pool, 8 burner BBQ, and unlike other similar vessels, Sky TV, air conditioning, the luxury of a boutique hotel, where there are toweling robs, slippers, and lovely toiletries to make your holiday on the river, one you will never forget.

During the day there are many activities for you to choose from (please refer to our web site) and we ask that you advise us of these when making your booking.

Perhaps catching a large Carp in the river with the rods supplied. While they are not known to be good eating, the experts tell us they provide an exciting catch.

For the evenings on board, there are games, Sky digital TV, VCR & DVD players so as part of your booking, we will ask that you let us know the movies you enjoy and we will provide a selection for your entertainment while enjoying your river cruise.
In the forward lounge there is also a universal IPod docking station for music or movies and the sound system also includes  the feature that enables movies stored on USB drives to be enjoyed on the 46" LCD TV.
Each cabin and the 2 rear lounges have their own TV’s with a built-in DVD player.


You will find that our charges are higher than land based facilities as we are not able to just plug into power supplies, sewage systems, water supplies etc. Instead we have to provide these in the vessel and the land based facilities to service them.

Self Drive, Self Cater,  - the cost is NZ$300.00 plus GST per person per night with a minimum of 8 people plus the cost of all fuels used.

Full Service Package - the cost is NZ$995.00 Plus GST per person per night with a minimum of 8 people.

Business meeting or celebration Package: - We will consider a 4 or 6 hour day cruise for a group for a business meeting or celebration. These are restricted to 30 people in accordance with Marine Department regulations.

Pricing for the vessel only for such occasions is;

  1. NZ$2,500.00 Plus GST for 4 hours and
  2. NZ$3,995.00 Plus GST for 6 hours.  
Unfortunately, as there are no navigational aids on this section of the river, the vessel must be anchored during the hours from Civil Twilight to civil dawn.

Note: Under Maritime law we are required to carry 2 crew members in such excursions and this is reflected in the charter rates.

We do hope that you find the enclosed of assistance and will be able to experience the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the Waikato River in the comfort and luxury of "Discovery 1" in one of these package’s .

Discovery Houseboats Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand