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“Magnificent afternoon cruising”
Our vessel 'Discovery 1' Maori name 'Manuwai Tua Rua'  (Water Bird No 2)
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Our vessel 'Discovery 1' Maori name 'Manuwai Tua Rua'  (Water Bird No 2)
A view of the very large forward living area in our vessel Forward lounge where the ottoman contains history books on the river, games and novels for interest
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Our vessel 'Discovery 1' Maori name 'Manuwai Tua Rua'  (Water Bird No 2)
A view of the very large forward living area in our vessel
Forward lounge where the ottoman contains history books on the river, games and novels for interest
Our Galley/kitchen includes fridge,Microwave,Dishwasher gas cook top & electric oven
Our Mid Winter Christmas cruises showing forward TV (with SKY) dining table and  island with stools
Our cabins with en-suite, exit onto the deck and view out over the water
Our cabins with en-suite, exit onto the deck and view out over the water
The en-suite in the forward cabins. Luxury to be enjoyed.
One of the 2 rear lounge areas that have view through glass doors out over the rear deck and river.
Top deck showing BBQ, wet bar, fridge and table & chairs
Looking aft on the top deck
Enjoying the BBQ, Spa and other facilities of our top entertainment deck
An aerial view of our base and vessel in the river
Heading down river on another cruise with guests enjoying the wonderful bush scenery
Our vessel Discovery 1 next to the very large Bluffs
Another view of the very large Bluffs up river from our base
A tranquil mooring up river  enjoying the colours of autum
Some bring their water toys, mooring in the ski zone and enjoy many hours of enjoyment each day
At their overnight mooring preparing for a kayak adventure to one of the large islands
The very attractive Tauranganui Marae, at  the top of the delta,  only visible from the river
The historic Tuakau bridge built before WW2 replacing a wooden bridge made of Australian jarra
Add a some thing special   and really enjoy your cruise by arriving and departing by float plane
The very large River Delta with many large islands & cabins which we visit during a 3 day cruise
The tranquility and seclusion of the Riverland  we operate in.
Looking up river to historic Alexandra Redoubt of 1863-64
Passing under the historic Tuakau bridge which was built prior to WW2
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6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Tuakau, Waikato Region, North Island

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RTSWaikat...
Waikato
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Magnificent afternoon cruising”
Reviewed 10 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

We would like to extend our appreciation for a sensational afternoon had by all for our end of year Christmas function.

We also hired las vagas functions to provide entertainment and nothing was a problem for Judy and Ian to accommodate onboard the Discovery 1.

I would highly recommend this cruise for anyone looking for a venue with style and a very relaxing atmosphere, and accomodating hosts.....

Thank you both sooo much
Nicky @ A1 Homes

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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janetcoch...
Auckland Central, New Zealand
1 review
“Absolutley fabulous”
Reviewed 21 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

This was a fantastic, fun night away with a group of girl friends. From making enquires about the cruise to leaving the houseboat the service was 110 percent as was the location. The staff were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. The boat was a lot bigger and better than we all expected and throughout the whole trip we were all in awe of such a wonderful set up. Immaculate facilities and amenities. The food was delicious. We can't wait to come back.

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Management Response
22 Aug 2016
Thank you Janet. Such a wonderful group of ladies it was a pleasure having you on board. We are sure that the mama mia show was great fun and we are still finding feathers around the vessel.
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Wendy R
Auckland, New Zealand
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“The best houseboat trip EVER!”
Reviewed 17 May 2016 for a stay in October 2015

From the very first email contact we had with Judy, we knew it was going to be a great trip! They answered all our questions, even our silly ones! They made our group feel very welcome and super special! We had the overnight cruise for our daughters eighteenth birthday! staying on the boat overnight on the peaceful river with nobody in sight for miles was just amazing! The beds were comfortable, the whole boat was sparking clean, we had everything we could have wished for and more. Thank you Ian and Judy........what a memorable trip. We will certainly be back

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Liked best: The boat setting!
Liked least: Nothing! We loved the whole trip!
Travelling group: Large Group
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Management Response
22 Aug 2016
What a wonderful family and you all certainly know how to celebrate a birthday. Our thanks for all the wonderful photos you have shared with us and we look forward to cruising with you again.
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