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187 High Street North, Carterton 5713 New Zealand
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#2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Carterton
Welcome to Carterton – in the centre of the Wairarapa. The Matador Motel was built in 1976 and like the name suggests the exterior design has a typically Spanish theme. An additional four Superior Studio units were built in 2006. The current owners Cath & Steve Hurley purchased the motels in October 2016. Steve returns to Carterton after an absence of 43yrs. Situated only minutes from Masterton, Greytown, Featherston, Martinborough and a 1.5hr train trip to Wellington.. Carterton prides itself on being a friendly little town that offers a wide range of local attractions and the Matador Motel is just part of that experience. The Matador Motel is situated in the centre of Carterton on High Street and close to pretty much everything. Some of those attractions and locations include: - Take a 600m walk to the railway station and you are only 1.5hrs from the All Blacks or Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. - Carterton Events Centre, numerous pubs and restaurants are an easy 3-7 minute walk. - Paua Shell Factory is a 10 minute walk. - Clareville Hockey Centre is a 3 minute drive. - Greytown and Gladstone are a 7 minute drive. - Masterton is a 12 minute drive. - Mt Holdsworth is a 15 minute drive into the Tararua Ranges. - Martinborough Fair or Toast Martinborough are a 20 minute drive. - Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre is a 35 minute drive. - Castlepoint, Riversdale, Lake Ferry and Palliser Bay are amongst the many other notable places to visit.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Golf course
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast in the room
Non-smoking hotel
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Flatscreen TV
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Grade: 37 out of 100
11Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
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TonyFromHackney wrote a review Feb 2021
Levin, New Zealand101 contributions67 helpful votes
What a find in Carterton. Was visiting a friend, and the matador was just around the corner from their house. Room was very clean, nicely appointed and I was very happy with my choice. Colleen checked me in, and was lovely. Equally lovely was honey, the golden retriever :-)
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Karen wrote a review Feb 2021
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This place was awesome. Good location, the cleanest motel I have ever stayed in. Only wished we were staying longer so the kids could try out the pool. Great value and friendly hosts. Would definitely recommend A+++
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Sandra P wrote a review Feb 2021
26 contributions21 helpful votes
Lovely clean room and spotless bathroom. Plenty of towels supplied for guests. Fully equiped kitchen and everything in excellent condition. Close to the main road into Carterton and no road noise at all in the Unit. Our host Barry was very friendly and helpful and the perfect host.
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Date of stay: February 2021
voyageur2460 wrote a review Jan 2021
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
Great place to stay. Fantastic in every way. It is on the main road close to shops and cafes. Barry and Colleen are such wonderful hosts. Highly recommend. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable 😊
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Rex Corbett wrote a review Dec 2020
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Our room and all the facilities within the Motel complex were all very clean and the grounds were very tidy. The management / staff were excellent to deal with and were able to provide the little extras when it came to room/unit service. Would certainly stay again and recommend the Matador Motel to other tavellers.
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Date of stay: November 2020
$78 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandGreater WellingtonWairarapaCarterton
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Frequently Asked Questions about Matador Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Matador Motel?
Nearby attractions include Regent 58 (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Matador Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Matador Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Matador Motel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Matador Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Matador Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include balter Bar and Kitchen, Wild Oats, and Indian Taj.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Matador Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Matador Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Carterton.
Are pets allowed at Matador Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Matador Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.