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Matakana Country Lodge

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149 Anderson Road, Matakana, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Matakana Country Lodge is a bed and breakfast set well off the beaten track with wonderful views of native bush. This accommodation is immaculately kept and perfect for getting away from it all. We stayed in the champagne room which is the largest room with a nice personal balcony. Luxurious bathroom and comfortable bed. The welcoming hosts offer pre dinner... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Yes our driveway is not for the faint hearted being part gravel, part concrete and fairly steep. I do worry about guests arriving for the first time after dark - they must wonder where the heck they are going as it is also pitch black being rural. Most people arrive... More 

Aberdeen Scotland
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We had 'confirmed' bookings for two seperate nights, 6th and 11th March. The confirmed bookings were made over 8 months in advance. Arrived around 4pm on the 6th to be informed that the owner had cancelled our booking. Two lame excuses were given for cancellation, one, 'customers do not usually book two seperated nights', two, ' I was awaiting a... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

It was a shame that in 5 and a half years of running the lodge you were the first booking I mucked up. I took full responsibility for my actions and did my best to right the wrong as you well know. I am really disappointed that you felt it necessary to write this review but I hope you feel... More 

Hungerford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We stayed just 1 night in this most beautiful house. More's the pity. Our hosts were lovely and even had breakfast with us before our departure. The scenery and the peace was so special. A most welcoming retreat from the world below.

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Yes it is a shame we have so many guests only spend one night. It doesn't give you time to appreciate what the area has to offer. Glad you enjoyed your brief stay with us. Cheers! Susan More 

Sydney, Australia
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159 reviews
144 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

We booked this place very last minute on the day we arrived. We weren't expecting much as we booked last minute and although reviews were good the website didn't look like it would be anything extraordinary. However when we arrived we were very pleasantly surprised. We were the only ones staying that night. We wished we could have stayed at... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your detailed description of the property in general. We get told on a regular basis that the website images do not do the property justice. On the flip side, guests expectations are exceeded which is always nice. Thank you also for making the statement "you need to stay more than one night". We try telling... More 

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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

We only stayed one night but really enjoyed it, particularly the relaxed early evening drink on the terrace with our hosts. They both had some great stories to tell which with some small bites was just right before going off to Matakana for an evening meal. The place has a good pool and has free WiFi. A good place to... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks Nigel. Glad you enjoyed your brief stay with us at the Lodge. Shame you could not stay longer and enjoy the many activities on offer in the area. Hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday down under. Cheers! Susan & Garth More 

Seattle, Washington
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A beautiful lodge surrounded by lovely gardens which sits atop a hillside. Exceptionally well cared for accommodations with an outdoor pool and spa, lovely modern and clean rooms, very nice bathrooms, and comfortable beds. Regretfully we only stayed for one night and we would definitely have enjoyed a longer stay. I cannot speak highly enough of our hosts Susan &... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Kelly Many thanks for your feedback about the lodge in general and also for mentioning the fact that one night just isn't enough. We have so much to offer in the area and feel guests from overseas need at least one full day (if not two) to experience what Matakana is all about. I hope our paths cross again... More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

you need to take more than one night at this lodge (we had 3 ) to appreciate this stunning area with its deserted beaches and nature reserves .The lodges hosts Susan & Garth make you feel at home as soon as you arrive,there attention to detail is second to none.happy hour is a time to meet your fellow guests if... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks Dave & Vicki for your feedback, specifically about the bush walk we are currently establishing on the property. It is magic to sit among the trees and watch/listen to the bird life and thought it time we shared it with our guests. . We hope you enjoy the South island as much as you enjoyed the North. Safe travels.... More 

London, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We only stayed one night at Matakana Country Lodge and were very impressed and fully concur with other reviewers. Firstly Susan is a super host, she has spent many years in the hospitality industry and is very keen to see guests have a top class experience, we saw less of Garth but he too was charming. We stayed in the... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for not only taking the time to write a review but to go into such detail. Glad you enjoyed your brief visit with us and it is a shame the weather was not great as January February are usually pretty stable. Next time you make the trip down under, you will have to stay longer and experience some... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at Matakana Country Lodge! Susan and Garth are the most wonderful hosts you can get and the lodge is excellent with nice rooms, an excellent pool/spa-area and a wonderful garden/vineyard. Anna and Thomas, Sweden

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

What a great endorsement - thank you. Tell all of your friends and family they need to visit us "down under" and in particular come stay with us at the lodge. Safe travels. Cheers! Susan & Garth More 

Melbourne Australia
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We booked for one night but stayed two when my husband became unwell and was not fit enough to travel on. Even though he was unwell, it was a lovely spot to linger and we both enjoyed the quiet, views and in my case the wonderful breakfast on offer. The feeling is very relaxed and quickly you feel that you... More 

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MatakanaCL, Owner at Matakana Country Lodge, responded to this review

Glad you were able to relax and enjoy your unexpected additional night with us. I hope hubby recovered in time for your flight home, nothing worse than getting sick when you are on holiday. We hope to see you back here in good spirits and health sometime in the future. Cheers! Susan & Garth More 

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