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Kingfisher - Kuratau Holiday Home

Te Rae Street, Kuratau, Lake Taupo

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  • 7 People
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Smoking
  • Pet Friendly Inside Welcome


Kingfisher is a 2 bedroom plus sleep-out Kuratau holiday home, situated in an amazing position on the Kuratau River... Relax on the sun drenched deck with the water on your doorstep. Moor your boat at the private jetty or kayak up the beautiful Kuratau River or 100m down into Lake Taupo. Three kayaks and life jackets included on site for use.

This Kuratau holiday home has a cosy open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, with an open Jetmaster fireplace (firewood supplied) for cooler stays. Kingfisher is very handy to the ski slopes, only 45 minutes away! When the weather is warmer, enjoy summer living and BBQ's with the family on the sunny deck!

Bedroom 1 at this Kuratau accommodation is located off the lounge and is fitted with a double bed. Bedroom 2 is off the kitchen and is fitted with a set of single bunk beds. Located just beside the main house, the sleep-out offers further sleeping with a double bunk set.

The family bathroom is located off bedroom 2.

Conveniently located to local attractions and amenities, including skiing, biking, and the lake, this tidy Kuratau base is a great option for a family break away.

For a peaceful river retreat... Kingfisher welcomes you!

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Bedroom Configuration

  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Bunk Bed
  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Double Bed
  • Sleepout (Level 1): 1 Double Bunk

Bathroom Configuration

  • Bathroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Basin, 1 Shower, 1 Toilet

Pet Friendly

Yes Inside.
Pets can come too! A small pet friendly fee of $20 + GST for up to two pets will apply.

Linen available at additional charge

Available at this property for $25 per person. You’ll see the option for our linen service in the ‘Add-Ons’ section during your booking.

Special Conditions

As the property has unfenced access to the river, adults should closely supervise young children while outside to ensure they are safe around water.


  • BBQ
  • Dishwasher
  • Driveway (shared)
  • Dryer
  • Family Friendly
  • Fenced (fully)
  • Fireplace (open / wood)
  • Freeview
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hair dryer
  • Heater (electric)
  • Heater (oil)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Mobile cellphone Reception
  • Oven
  • Parking (off-street)
  • Parking (on-street)
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WIFI
  • Wood supplies
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Guest reviews for Kingfisher

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Stayed April 2022

It was a lovely location and appreciate been able to bring dogs. It would be appreciated to have kindling wood/fire starters and dry fire wood. The oven needs cleaning and general TLC would improve your stay.

Bachcare replied

Thank you for your feedback Pru! We're glad to hear you and your dogs enjoyed this property's lovely location. We are sorry to heat you weren't entirely satisfied with some aspects of the property and will be working with the property owners ad the local team on the necessary improvements. The oven has been deep cleaned now. Firewood and kindling are available under the house, something that we note on the welcome pack, and fire starters are available on the mantelpiece. We're sorry to hear this wasn't found during your stay. Please note that, whenever you have an issue during your stay, you can call our support office for assistance, so that they can make arrangements in-stay for you.

Stayed March 2022

A magical spot, right on the riverside. The Kayaks were puy to good use exploring the river and it coukdnt have been a more relaxing stay. The weather was awesome and very little wind. Nice place to unwind for a few days...

Stayed December 2021

Wonderful location. Very cute cottage and sleep out, which is very well equipped.. Definitely a summer retreat haven.

Stayed October 2021

Nice place for a family getaway, beautiful spit on the river. BUT...ensure bachcare provides checking access to the bach information! We didn't get this and it was just fortunate that we were able to call past early and the cleaner was still there

Bachcare replied

Thank you for your feedback, Karen! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Kingfisher! We're sorry that there was confusion with the communication on the day of arrival regarding guest access details and are glad that was sorted before check in time.

Stayed July 2021

Really idyllic spot and the accommodation was spacious, with a well-equipped kitchen and lots of heating options for the winter. Outdoor space was great and such a treat to be able to use the kayaks. However, there were missing basic essentials when we arrived but the host/manager arranged for that later in the night. It also needed a good clean, given a 3pm check-in, this was quite disappointing to see such little effort. Its location, setting on the river was really its star quality.

Bachcare replied

Thank you for your review, Nikki! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed Kingfisher's outstanding location, its spaces and comfortable amenities! We're also glad to hear our local team were quick to deliver the required supplies as soon as they were able to, and we're sorry that the clean wasn't up to the expected and usual standard we offer. We've addressed this and will ensure the level of cleaning is maintained going forward.

Stayed July 2021

Relaxing weekend getaway. The heat was on for our arrival, and once the fire was on, we were toasty. This property would be great all year round. If you're looking for a classic kiwi getaway, this is the place for you!

Stayed March 2021

Amazing place to stay right on the water, great that the dog could come along too. will be back (:

Stayed February 2021

Idyllic spot on the river and close to the lake. We loved the outdoor living area and being able to kayak and swim right from the property. Recommended

Stayed December 2020

Location, provision of kayaks and the outdoor dining area are the highlights of this property. All were every bit as good as advertised. An ideal place for children who like (and are confident in) water. Great for one family to book if holidaying with others who book other cabins, as the fireside space can cater for 10-15.

Stayed December 2020

Pure paradise - Fantastic location, The Kingfisher is perfectly situated - backing onto the kuratau River. The outdoor area complete with open fire, BBQ and large spacious decking provides plenty of space for the whole family. Easily sleeps 6/7 with additional sleepout , we have stayed at the kingfisher before xmas , the last 3 years , (pet friendly) including our family pooch... 3 generations under the same roof with facilities suited to all. The private jetty with kayaks , board games, and being 2 minsxwalk from the lake front you couldn't ask for more. Amazing scenery, great location and well equipped house / fantastic hosts - its always going to get 10/10 from us. Can't recommend more highly -thamk you

Stayed November 2020

A relaxing spot! We enjoyed our stay very relaxing right on the river and a short walk to the river mouth where my husband did fly fishing as it was a bit windy to cast off the lawn at the bach the days we were there. Great kiwi bach very tidy and outside area was awesome for a bbq and open fire was great at night.We went during the week so very quiet. Loved it we will be back.

Stayed October 2020

Amazing relaxing place to stay

Stayed June 2020

The property was well-located and had a lovely outdoor area and was well-stocked with crockery etc inside. The property really had only one bedroom, and a sleepout. A porch area with no door had a bunk in it, however photos suggested this was a third room.

Stayed June 2020

We are a group of 4 young adults who drove down to Taupo from Auckland and I can definitely say we will be back again! On first impression the house was just as beautiful as the images on the website AND the lovely Mike even put on the heaters so that the house was warm and cosy on arrival. Mike was an awesome host showing us around and letting us know to reach out if we needed anything. We all made use of the kayaks available, even spotted a school of trout swimming in the lake outside. The boys cranked the BBQ and set-up the fire (wood provided). Perfect for those trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life! Thank you Mike, will be in touch soon :)

Stayed March 2020

Awesome Bach by river very relaxing

Stayed February 2020

Beautiful riverside paradise! Wine on the stunning deck, kayaking up the delightful Kuratau river and late night snuggles in front of the outside open fire...perfection. We stayed here for our wedding anniversary and it could not have been better. Cute bach vibes with an outstanding outdoor entertainment area. Thoroughly recommend :)

Stayed February 2020

A great traditional kiwi Bach well equipped, comfy beds and lovely outdoor area by the river meaning easy access to the lake.

Stayed January 2020

Perfect place for us and our young family, and we loved that the dogs could come as well. Great location and very good amenities provided. We want to come back soon.

Stayed January 2020

We loved our 5 nights at this gorgeous wee bach. The location was incredible it was so easy being able to leave the boat in the river and the kids loved the kyaks. Beds were comfortable and the Bach has everything we needed

Stayed December 2019

Absolutely amazing.. outdoor area was outstanding. Fire and bbq devine.. private jetty and kayaks were a fav with the kids.. pet friendly added the icing on the cake

Stayed November 2019

Wonderful location, outdoor living was excellent with cozy fire right on the rivers edge. Had a relaxing stay thank you so much:)

Stayed November 2019

This is a typical NZ bach, except in one respect: it is far better insulated and cosier than most! A great experience at this well-equipped, riverside cottage.

Stayed November 2019

Wonderful place. The setting, the river, the ease of mooring the the jetty. Will definitely look to head back here.

Stayed October 2019

A great bach in a wonderful position on the river. We had a lovely time here: walking, kayaking and generally taking it easy. Thanks for letting us bring our dog - he loved it too!

Stayed September 2019

This place is great for the soul. Would liked to have stayed longer

Stayed August 2019

This is a cosy spot for a small family to get away for a peaceful break. Staring at the stream next to the property , while sipping on your favorite refreshment, next to the outdoor fireplace was definitely welcomed. Highly recommend taking the kayak and exploring the stream, whick you can paddle either 2,5km upstream or to Lake Taupo. And for the chilly nights the fireplace in the living area heated the place up perfectly. Since it is pet friendly we will definitely return.

Stayed July 2019

A small and basic bach but with everything you need for a short break away. Great location on the river and near the lake

Stayed June 2019

The property was excellent and was what we expected from the Web site. Really nice setting on the river. Very keen to head back in the summer (that's all going to plan).

Stayed December 2018

An absolutely awesome location and set up; just needs to be kept cleaner.

Stayed December 2018

Awesome location on the river where we spent all of our day time on the deck, fishing straight off the wharf and using the very generously provided kayaks! We had a lot of fun. Genuine old kiwi bach; nothing fancy but doesn’t need to be! Beds were comfortable. Also loved how there were a few board games inside to play at night time. Would love to come back sometime in the future.

Stayed September 2018

Wow, what a great place. The best bach we have ever stayed at in the sense of what it has to offer. Amazing quite spot on the river, canoes and separate sleep out made a good holiday fantastic. We went on a mild spring weekend and enjoyed days skiing at Whakapapa, however imagine it would also be a super place during the warmer months. Great little town with a convenience store and fish shop caravan. Excellent price for a well maintained bach with outstanding options, suitable for all. Thank you

Stayed August 2018

I had a lovely long weekend staying at the Kingfisher cottage last week. It is such a cute, cosy little place. I loved sitting on the deck watching the river, and relaxing inside at night. Great location too, with walks along the river and lake

Stayed August 2018

Such a beautiful little bach in the perfect location for a quiet and relaxing break. Having the river and lake literally on your doorstep is wonderful, and there are also excellent amenities within easy driving distance.

Stayed April 2018

Absolutely beautiful, really loved our stay here! The use of the kayaks was excellent and really added to our experience.

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