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Where are we? Whangaroa Harbour is 40 km. north of the Bay of Islands on Northland's East Coast.  3&1/2 hrs driving from Auckland. Situated at historic Totara North

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If you would like to check availability, or just have an inquiry, call and we would be happy to help. If you prefer, you may contact by using the form at the bottom of this page

Check when the houseboat Maple Leaf is available for Charter.


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Comments from the Navigator's Log Book :

"Every couple should spend time on the romantic Whangaroa. Great for the soul. Arohanui" 

Hard to leave this beautiful tranquil place. Have had a fantastic 3 days

Enjoyed the houseboat, great accomodation and great experience

"Theres nothing quite like a skinny dip into cool green water first thing in the morning".

Went diving with Dad and woke up and jumped off boat with Mum

Awesome 40th Birthday Fish and oysters galore. Amazing time, Magnificent scenery.

"For those of you who have never been outside of New Zealand, you are so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful lands I have ever seen, This part of our vacation has been great, The houseboat performed flawlessly. What a super time. Brilliant simply Brilliant"  Roland & Stephen; Florida, USA

We all had a wondeful time with lots of great memories to take with us, for the three generations aboard. The littlies were enchanted with the 'library room' and had poor old 'Poppy' busy reading numerous books.

Awesome time. Lived off the sea.Caught 3 large snapper. Both children had the time of their lives, fishing, kayaking and swimming.

No phone, no emails, no worries

Today began at 4am when mum and dad woke us to go out and look at the stars.Well worth been dragged out of bed for.

A fantastic weekend thanks very much. I would recommend to anyone who wants a good weekend.

Beautiful days fishing at the heads. Caught 2 large snapper and a terakihi. Anchored at lane cove. Just beautiful. A fanatastic 5 days. We will be back.

The days were filled with an amazing amount of fun. This was a magnificent trip. We all loved the rotating views and it was so beautiful looking at the stars. I would really recommend this for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our 4 days aboard Maple Leaf in early January. It's pretty hard to please the teenagers and adults at the same time, but the vessel and surroundings were hard to beat.We hope to get up to Whangaroa again in the future, definitely a special part of the world,

Very comfortable beds and convenient kitchen and bathroom facilities. Plenty of room for the six of us - all over 70 and friends for 55 years - to sit around talk. We loved the scenery which we couldn't have seen any other way. There were calm anchorages whatever the weather, and we were able to soak up the peace. Isolation, majestic scenery equal to anywhere else in New Zealand. We enjoyed the bush walks, and the swimming was great. Great holiday accommodation.

Off & motored down to the Western Arm. Anchored in Lane Bay. Kayaked up the creek at high tide. A beautiful evening - calm & still & starlit.

Today we found dolphins and they were swimming around the boat. it was a great experience.

Best thing we have done for a very long time

A great week with great weather. Lots of fish. A 4 kilo snapper a highlight. Waterskiing the day, lunch at kingfish lodge, another lot of kayaking and swimming. A very relaxing week.

Children went Kayaking. We headed off in the dinghy for the D.O.C. cottage and hiked to the top of the Duke Nose. Beautiful vistas - well worth the effort. A bit of an adventure climbing down the rock face, Swam back to the Maple Leaf. Set off for an explore of the harbour. Ventured out to the opening for a view of the sea - all was calm. Followed the working birds. Anchored in Waihi Bay & this time the fish fed us - 4 lovely snapper and a kawhai. Time for a kayak around the bay and a rousing game of cards. Phosphorescence in the water sparkled in the rain - poured throughout the night.

Bacon and eggs for breakfast, a lazy, drizzly morn. A fabulous holiday on a well appointed boat. You have anticipated well the needs of a skipper and crew. We particularly enjoyed your notes on the near-by hikes. A beautiful location for a relaxing holiday. Thanks!

Excellent weekend to relax, kick back and catch lunch - absolutely fabulous!

We wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the houseboat! Each child caught over 13 fish each, they were practically throwing themselves onto our boat. In the 2 weeks that we spent in New Zealand, this was the highlight of our vacation! The boat was very
spacious for the 4 adults and 4 children we had aboard. The accomodations were so clean and safe that we were all able to relax, swim, fish and eat and cook
2 huge meals on board.

wonderful experience today seeing a pod of dolphins close by head up the harbour and then back out to sea. Also two or three penguins playing around. Fished around South Head most of the day. weather & another great holiday onboard the Leaf

"The boat was a great set up. We will be recommending this to everyone we know"

"A truly magnificent place to be. Must be one of the worlds 'Top Spots' "

"Everyone in New Zealand should spend one weekend in Whangaroa Harbour, before they die "

"An enjoyable & happy cruise on a well appointed vessel"

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Bushmansfriend: A Responsible Tourism Operator


Bushmansfriend Ltd prides itself on a philosophy of Responsible Tourism. We actively strive to improve our energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation, caring for our flora and fauna and being actively involved in growing the Whangaroa Community.  Reduce Recycle Reuse



Whangaroa Houseboat Holidays

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Charter a houseboat and explore Northland's beautiful Whangaroa Harbour

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

  Whangaroa Houseboat Holidays offers an unique escape, far from the crowds, in Northland's beautiful Whangaroa Harbour. The perfect environment for a relaxed and invigorating holiday getaway that houseboating provides. 

Renting the houseboat Maple Leaf, is an opportunity to explore the Whangaroa Harbour, full of fascinating topography & intricate natural beauty. Discover the spectacular sea caves and grottos, towering cliff formations, 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, beautiful colours reflected in tranquil water. Whangaroa remains an unspoiled natural resource, ideal for rest and relaxation. With no roads or houses for miles, Whangaroa Harbours outer arms offer a haven to those looking for silence and solitude.

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.  We are only 50 minutes drive from The Bay of Islands, Kerikeri and Kaitaia.

"It's pretty hard to please the teenagers and adults at the same time, but the vessel and surroundings were hard to beat"

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You be the Skipper!

The Maple Leaf  houseboat is surveyed as bare boat charter/hire and drive, within the limits of Whangaroa Harbour. You don't need any marine qualification to take control of the houseboat. The Coastguard day-skippers course is ideal, or previous marine experience is recommended. On boarding, a full safety and operating briefing ensures you are safe and comfortable.

Houseboating as a holiday isn't for everyone. Consider that as the Skipper, with your family and friends aboard, you should have the experience and common sense to operate the boat to keep your party safe.

Activities for everyone on the Whangaroa Harbour:

A genuine kiwi holiday, the way holidays should be!

Go sailing, kayaking, diving, fishing, windsurfing, walking or tramping. Explore pristine bush and coastal walks, just chill out and read a book!

Catch your own dinner!

 Whangaroa's good fishing is legendary. Kahawai, Snapper and John Dory can be caught from the back door of the boat. Cockles, pipis and oysters can be gathered at low tide. Row ashore and spend some time exploring and easily return to your home on the water.


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Whangaroa's scenery & walks are spectacular

Enjoy a quiet getaway


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

The Maple Leaf "The Classic Kiwi Bach Afloat"

About the Maple Leaf:

More space than a pleasure boat and more versatile than a waterfront house. The Maple Leaf is user friendly - if you can drive a car you'll find it easy and fun to operate. 

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. 

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

The well equipped galley

Solar panel on the roof provides power for the houseboat


Whangaroa Harbour: The Jewel of the North

Panorama Okahumoko & Rere Bay

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, towering bluffs, unique rock formations and vertical cliff faces protruding through steep forested shores, it's a very special place. 

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. From May to November you are guaranteed to be the single boat in one of the many isolated bays and coves.

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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The  spacious main cabin

An ideal family holiday

Easy to locate!

Whangaroa Houseboat Holidays is located at historic Totara North on the north western side of Whangaroa Harbour, just 13 km north of Kaeo. Take the turn off from State Highway 10 (Twin Coast Discovery Highway) at the Kahoe bridge and follow Totara North Road to the end where there is a wharf and boat ramp. From there you will be transported straight onto the houseboat to begin your holiday.

No need to worry about your vehicles (maximum 2) they can be left for the duration at the owners house free of charge.

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To confirm a reservation A 25% deposit is required to confirm your booking. Means of payment for the deposit includes, cheque or bank transfer. Your deposit payment will be reciepted by post and is inclusive of GST. The outstanding balance is to be paid prior to departure of charter. This can be paid in cash or credit card on the first day of the charter. Legal stuff from this page
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