We stumbled upon this lodge on line when we were planning a weekend in Auckland. Had no intention of going to Waiheke Island but when it was clear accommodation was scarce (rugby and Valentine's Day) we looked further afield. We are very glad we did.
Not long after booking I received a welcome email including some restaurant recommendations and an offer to book them for us. This was an offer too good to refuse coupled with the fact that the hosts will drive you and pick you up. Further, a couple of days before arrival was confirmation that we would be collected from the ferry and a simple SMS was all that was required to confirm arrival time.
A warm welcome in the common lounge area with the offer of coffee and tea cake before being shown up to the room.
The room itself is spacious and decked out in hues of greens and browns. Large corner windows gave us a view over the pool and bay which was just beautiful. There were a couple of comfortable chairs, TV and DVD player. All very comfortable and fitting with the theme. There is no air conditioning which I thought strange to begin with. Obviously opening the windows brings a lovely breeze through the room and in fact I understand that it does not get that hot on the island. There is underfloor heating throughout for the winter months.
Bathroom is spacious with two sinks and a shower (no bath) and a loo with a view! Very nice toiletries and other touches (such as items you may have left behind) as well as great big fluffy towels. Bit of a warning on the shower, you may find a small puddle outside as the water escapes.
Evenings are spent with your hosts (Peter and Fiona) and other guests for pre-dinner canapes and local wines either in the communal lounge or on the deck. Fiona prepares a range of changing little delicacies which were difficult not to fill up on before heading out to dinner each night.
It was then off to dinner and we took advantage both nights of the offer of being driven and collected.
We didnt really utilise the pool or beach or deck. That said, breakfast was served al fresco and what seemed at a time convenient to us - this was a real delight. Another food warning - breakfast servings are large, tasty and go straight to the hips!! The servings could be halved in size and you would still be completely satisfied! We sat in two different spots each day and were well attended to.
On returning the second night we asked for some cheese and biscuits and wine to finish the night. This was waiting for us (see photo) when we returned and finished off the night perfectly.
Also recommend the walk along the local walking track. Great scenery and not super difficult unless you really hate stairs.
If there was to be one item of feedback it would be having the ability to have a snack during the day and if it is available, understanding what is on offer. As we really did use the time to relax it was not clear if there was food available during the day and the costs. I know you can get more as we had the cheese platter. It really is a minor issue but one that I think would be nice to know.
Definitely can recommend this lodge - you cna't fault it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you stay at Hei Matau Lodge you are the pampered guest in a world class luxury beach house. Your experience will include the perfect combination of stunning sea views, casual luxury and genuine kiwi hospitality. Set in 7 ½ acres of grounds with extensive native planting, Hei Matau has direct beach access to a secluded bay. Enjoy relaxing at the beach, taking the lodge kayaks for a paddle to explore the coastline or take the lodge's small dinghy for a spot of fishing. Award winning vineyards offer wine tasting, hiking trail, art galleries and world class restaurants all add to the experiencing that is Hei Matau Lodge. ... more less
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