I headed to the Matakana Country Lodge after a week working in the Auckland CBD. Having only a day to myself to explore before heading home to Australia I wanted to get out of the city and experience some of the lush, geen New Zealand I had always seen on TV. Due to having to fly out the following day, my options were limited.
Being only around 60km outside of the CBD and a very easy drive taking well under an hour I pretty much hit the jackpot. I got the lovely leafy surroundings I hoped for and nearby there was a nice little town, wineries and beaches all in the same area.
Even the winding road leading up to the property itself was pretty as a picture. Upon late arrival I was greeted by Susan who was very friendly and even upgraded my room. The property and room was cozy and the fireplace in the living room was very welcome. The view was expansive and lush.
It was very relaxing and both Susan and Garth were perfect hosts, with awesome breakfast and pointers on where to go and what to see.
When I checked out my luggage fell over leaving a nasty scuff on their wall. Susan was appreciative of the honesty and very understanding. She even gave me an awesome pointer on how to remove stubborn stains from walls (you'll have to ask her yourself).
I'll definitely be back.
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