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Charter a houseboat and explore Northland's beautiful Whangaroa Harbour.

Enjoy a getaway on this unique Northland New Zealand holiday accommodation. It's a great family holiday, the ultimate romantic escape, weekend getaway, or fishing expedition with mates.

Hiring a Houseboat is the perfect means for you to access Whangaroa Harbours natural beauty, yet still enjoying all the comforts of home. Whangaroa Houseboat Holidays offer a unique escape, far from the "madding crowd", in Northlands beautiful Whangaroa Harbour - the perfect environment for the relaxed and invigorating holiday getaway that houseboating provides. Only 50 minutes drive from The Bay of Islands, Kerikeri and Kaitaia. Whangaroa's subtropical summers and warm winters allow you to enjoy your floating accommodation any time of the year.

Our unique boat rentals are an opportunity to explore and discover the East Coast of the Far North of New Zealand, which abounds in a diversity of fascinating topography & intricate and spectacular sea caves and grottos, towering rock formations, tiny rocky islets close to the rocky indented coastline and beautiful sandy beaches and bays, some hidden and inaccessible from the land, pristine and deserted.

Whangaroa's scenery is awe-inspiring, with towering sheer bluffs and volcanic rock formations protruding through steep forested shores, its colours reflected in tranquil water. Whangaroa remains an unspoiled natural resource, ideal for rest and relaxation.

The rock formations and cliffs that overhang the tranquil waters of the western side of the harbour are of another world and time. And with no roads or houses for miles, Whangaroa Harbours outer arms offer a haven to those looking for silence and solitude.

"A singular and beautifully romantic place".   



Our Houseboats are surveyed as  bare boat charter/ hire and drive, within the limits of Whangaroa Harbour. While you don't need any marine qualification to take control of the houseboat, previous boating experience is recommended. Coast guard day skippers course is ideal. On boarding, a full safety and operating lesson ensures you are safe and comfortable. For inexperienced guests, our qualified skipper can deliver the houseboat to a safe anchorage for you. We show you how to pick up a mooring that you can put the boat on if conditions become stormy. The skipper will pilot you and the boat to the wharf or mooring at the end of your holiday.

Whangaroas good fishing is  legendary. Kahawai, Snapper and John Dory  can be caught from the back door of the boat. Catch your own dinner.

As everyone knows, messing about in boats is fun. Fishing, diving and sailing are just a few of many reasons to get afloat - now do all this from your lounge.

Go sailing, kayaking, diving, fishing, windsurfing, walking or tramping and your floating accommodation is right there! No need to pack up and drive home! Whangaroa's  subtropical summers and warm winters allow you to enjoy your floating accommodation at any time of the year.

Avoid the crowds and high rise of other holiday destinations. Catch a fish and cook it on the BBQ, snorkel. kayak, swim, explore pristine bush and coastal walks, just chill out, or read a book.

A real genuine kiwi holiday, the way a holiday should be.  Truely unique holiday accommodation.

Fly to Bay of Islands Airport, Kerikeri and we can pick you up and transport you to the houseboat base in Totara North, 35 minutes from the airport.

1 of the world's 6 best houseboats for holiday hire 

"The Times" of London says Whangaroa Houseboat Holidays is one of the world's best houseboats for holiday hire. Its a great"thumbs up" for the boat and the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour.  A world class holiday experience.

You can read the article from here

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Whangaroa's scenery & walks are spectacular


Enjoy a quiet getaway

Kids love diving and swimming from the Maple Leaf 

Plenty of room for relaxing. Ideal for a party of friends.


The Maple Leaf "The Classic Kiwi Bach Afloat"

More space than a pleasure boat and more versatile than a waterfront house. Houseboats are user friendly - if you can drive a car you'll find it easy and fun to operate. More room than a yacht and easier to operate. Hire a houseboat now. Purpose built & designed in New Zealand, Maple Leaf is 12.8 x 4.8 meters and features a large cabin area, 2 double berths and 4 single berths. While there is sleeping on board for 8, we recommend no more than 6 adults.

The bathroom has a  shower, vanity & W.C. A fully equipped galley includes fridge, two burnerstove, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans. We provide all linen, blankets, duvets, pillows and sheets. Bring your own towels.


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Sit back in the lounge and enjoy the view or fish, dive and swim from your doorstep!

Dine on fresh fish. Cockles, pipis and oysters can be gathered at low tide. Row ashore and spend some time exploring and then back to your home on the water. Read a book or just chill out.


The sofa pulls out into a double bed on the Maple Leaf

The well equipped galley.

A dinghy, oars and 2 HP outboard are included

Solar panel on the roof provides power for the houseboats


Whangaroa Harbour. The Jewel of the North

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Whangaroa Harbour is an  unspoiled natural resource for rest and relaxation. Its calm waters, surrounded by majestic scenery are the perfect environment for the relaxed holiday getaway that houseboating provides. With tranquil waters and majestic scenery, towering bluffs, unique rock formations and vertical cliff faces protruding through steep forested shores, its a very special place of escape far from the madding crowd. From May to November you are guaranteed to be the single boat in one of the many isolated bays and coves.

Whangaroa is recognised as New Zealand's best harbour, providing many attractive and safe anchorages.  A sheltered cove or bay can be found in all but extreme weather.



Fresh fish, a glass of wine and good company in a beautiful environment

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Two single bunks in the hall of Maple Leaf.

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Maple Leaf's spacious main cabin. 

Kayak and fishing tackle hire is available


Whangaroa Harbour offers excellent fishing spots, scenic walks, famous landmarks and a rich colonial history.

Whangaroa Houseboat Holidays is located at historic Totara North on the north western side of Whangaroa Harbour. We are 13 km north of Kaeo. Take the turn off from State Highway 10 (Twin Coast Discovery Highway) at the Kahoe bridge and go to the end of Totara North road where there is a wharf and boat ramp. You will be transported to the houseboat. Your vehicles (maximum 2) can be left for the duration at the owners house at no charge.

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To confirm a reservation a 25% deposit is required, along with agreement to the terms of the charter as out lined on the booking form.  Balance by Cash, Cheque or Credit Card imprint  prior to charter. 

Make an email enquiry info@houseboatrentals.co.nz or use the form on this page

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