House Boat Escape

• Cambridge • Waikato • New Zealand•

House Boat Escape

House Boat Escape offers you the experience of a lifetime, cruising the majestic Waikato River. Fromthe Karapiro lake and dam, up river to the Arapuni dam 21kms away. Pure Tranquility.
You can have the time away that you require. From water skiing on Lake Karapio for the adventurous, a quieter time kayaking the glowworm ghettos in the feeder streams or the challenge of hooking a big trout and cooking it on the BBQ. From the moment you step aboard you are in control of your self drive house boat. Just 2 hours from Auckland its the perfect stopover on the way to Rotorua or Tauranga.

Boat Layout



  • Steel construction
  • Length overall 10mtrs
  • Beam 3.62m
  • Fuel capacity 60ltrs
  • Fresh water capacity 400ltrs
  • Headroom 1.96m
  • Sleeping Capacity. 2dbls, 3 singles
  • Surveyed to carry Maximum of 20 people
  • Powered by 2x 10 hp, 4 stroke outboards
  • On board power, 2vlt batteries.

Standard equipment

  • Electric anchor winch
  • Gas stove , & oven
  • BBQ
  • Deck furniture
  • Fresh Hot water shower
  • Full safety equipment
  • Charts & instructions
  • Bedding Hire available
  • Utensils, crockery, cutlery
  • Fridge



Overnight Hire – $300 per night

  • Up to 6 People
  • Extra People – (Adult or Child) $15 per person / per night
  • Minimum hire 2 nights
  • Fuel Additional

Day Hire (subject to availability) – $340

  • Fuel Additional


All Prices in NZD
NOTE: House Boat Escape is not registered for GST

Check in and out times
Check in Check out
Weekend 1pm Friday 5pm Sunday
Week Days 1pm Monday 5pm Thursday
Security Bond

A security bond of $1,000 is required on or before the day of departure. The bond is refundable within 7 days of return. This is normally by way of credit card imprint and is only drawn down if required.

The security bond will be applied to :

  • Damage to prop
  • Lost or damaged inventory items
  • Excessively unclean boat
  • Damage to parks or other property
  • Damage to vessel, leading to claim on insurance.
  • Any unpaid fuel costs

Rates do not include fuel and will be charged at the current price. The average weekend fuel use is approx 50 liters. This is variable depending on amount of time spent motoring.

Booking Procedure

Phone, Fax or e-mail us to arrange available dates and we will tentatively pencil your booking. A $300 deposit (non refundable) will confirm your booking by return mail. The balance of the hire fee is required 30 days prior to departure.


Bedding and sheeting is available at $10.00 per person if required
Bath mat, hand towel and tea towels provided free of charge
Please supply your own shower / swimming towels

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can anyone pilot a houseboat?

A “Kotare” is able to be skippered by anyone over the age of 21, and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Q. What Should I bring ?
  • Cell Phone (point of contact if there any difficulties)
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Beach Towels
  • Bath Towels
  • Bedding/pillows (hire available)
  • Camera, Binoculars
  • Games, Cards
  • Reading material
  • Insect repellent
  • Suntan Lotion, Hats
  • Water toys
  • Audio Tapes
  • Fishing gear
  • Fishing Licence available in Cambridge
Q. Will we get a training session?

A. Yes, we give all our guests a training session. We will show you how to start and run the out boards, and the other technical aspects of the boat. If you would like we will go out onto the lake to give you a feel of the boat. When your happy and ready to go well leave you to it.

Q. Can we stock up with supplies?

A. We are situated 20 mins Sth of Cambridge (our main Shopping Centre), You will need to take all your supplies with you. There is however a café on the river that is open for lunches, just a 2 min walk up the hill.

Q. Can we bring our boat or jet ski along?

A. Yes, you are welcome to tow additional craft behind the houseboat

Q. Does the boat have a sun deck?

A. Yes : the roof of the boat is a large area and is designed to carry max of 12 people at any one time

Q. : Where can we go on the Lake?

A. : There is a few “No Go areas”, A comprehensive map is onboard Kotare, This shows you some lovely places to moor, and some shallow areas on the river to avoid. Lake Karapiro is part of the Waikato river Hydro stations, at the most southerly end of the Lake is Arapuni Dam, at the most Northerly point there is Karapiro Dam. 21 kms of Tranquillity in-between

Q. What is there to do and see?

A. There are 2 Kayaks available, if required at no charge. There are some idyllic streams entering the lake. In the evenings there are many glow worms to be seen. Its wonderful to swim, fish, visit the Hydro station, ski, sightseeing, and most importantly relax!

Q. What Fish are we able to catch

A. The trout that are most frequently caught in Lake Karapiro are Brown and rainbow. However you will require a Trout fishing licence that can be purchased from any local sports shop.

How to contact us

Address 117 Finlay Rd,RD2,CambridgeNew Zealand
Phone +64 7 827-2195
Fax +64 7 827-2849
Mobile +64 25 688-7720
Web site