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“Merv,s 70th Birthday”
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Riverside Matakana
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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“Merv,s 70th Birthday”
Reviewed February 20, 2011

A perfect place for my husband and I to stay with our family. We had four cottages - one for each of our three children and their families. They were clustered together but beautifully private. We looked right down on to the tennis court and swimming pool - perfect for sports mad grandchildren.
The cottages were beautifully appointed, and had everything we needed. The two bathrooms in each cottage were modern and spotless, as was the kitchen.
Only a short drive in to Matakana and close to many lovely beaches and restaurants.
Will certainly return when possible.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

I would definitely recommend Riverside Matakana. We only stayed for a weekend, but these baches are so well-equipped you could easily stay here for a couple of weeks. They've thought of everything, from the small but complete kitchen, to the spotlessly clean bbq. All the fittings are top quality, the decor is stylish, everything is immaculate. There are also many nice hotel touches, our room was serviced daily, the linen and towels are hotel quality and a generous array of toiletries were re-stocked. The staff were very helpful providing recommendations on restaurants and wineries to visit. The location is very handy to everything - a 5 minute drive to Matakana village and within 10-15 minutes drive from loads of wineries and beaches. Our bach overlooked a small valley with some mangroves at the bottom, I think some of the baches might have a view of the river though so it may be worth requesting those if you're after a water view. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

Stayed at Riverside Matakana with my parnter to celebrate an anniversary together, chose to head here again as it was so lovely the first time round.
The managers Pete & Jan are so friendly & willing to help out any time its needed.
Our bach was immaculatly spotless yet again. I just loved the large bed in the main bedroom, so much room to spread out and not bother my man utter bliss. The bach has everything you need in the equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, comfy couches, dining room table & spacious deck.
We had some lovely weather to head down to the local village less than 10mins away Saturday morning. You have to head down there on a weekend morning for the live music, fresh homebaked food at the stalls, local goodies and a fantastic atomosphere
Looking forward to the next time we stay there.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Auckland
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

Finally managed to get some free time and get away for the weekend.
We chose Riverside Matakana as it's only an hour away from home, but the scenery makes you feel like you're much further away. (Without having to drive for a day)
Met the managers there on arrival Jan and Pete, who were there last time we stayed.
They remembered us from last year which was great !
Once again the rooms were imaculate. The heaters and gas fire were really appreciated this time as the weather is alot colder than our last visit.
Lots of space in the rooms which was quite nice when there's just 2 of you.
We also brought food with us to save a few dollars on breakfast's and lunches.
The kitchen had everything we needed which was very convienient.
The weather held out which was another bonus and managed to get some great sleep in's as it's so quiet up there.
We visited the matakana Markets on the Saturday morning and had a walk around, great atmosphere.
Had a pizza dinner at the Rusty Pelican. Expensive pizzas, but you really get what you pay for, great pizza for the money.
Stayed 2 nights at Riverside and was really sad to have to leave on Sunday and go back to reality.
Looking forward to the next time we can get away and relax at Riverside !!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

We recently stayed at the Riverside Matakana Baches for my sons wedding at Ascension Vinyard. We had 4 people staying in our apartment. The layout is well thought-out and open plan. Our bach had lovely views down the valley towards the river. The accommodation was spotless, nothing was too much trouble if we required anything extra. Would totally recommend Riverside Matakana to anyone wanting a totally relaxing break in lovely surroundings and close to good bakeries and cafes.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

We stayed at Riverside Matakana in July 2010. Our family was looking to stay by the coast and near to Auckland in an upmarket facility and it exceeded all of the expectations that we had. You can see Riverside from the top road and can appreciate how well the modern baches have been planned in extensive grounds near to the river. Having checked in at reception we opened the glass doors to the bach and were knocked over by the standard of the accommodation that was ultra modern. It was clear that no expense had been spared in fitting out the bach and with the added bonus of a gas barbecue facility outside.
You can walk in the grounds , fish or kayak in the nearby river or visit some local attractions.We went to the Matakana market on saturday which is less than ten minutes away; and don't forgot to visit the brilliant cake shop whilst there! Other places we went to included Omaha Beach which is a short drive away and has a magnificent stretch of beach which the children really enjoyed.Pakiri beach where horse riding is available and the glass bottom boat at Goat Island. These are just a few of the places that are within easy reach .
Overall then we were really pleased that we booked Riverside Matakana. If you're looking for a top end facility at a reasonable price easily accessible from Auckland which is suitable for families or just adults then Riverside Matakana is ideal. We are thinking of booking it whilst the World Cup is on next year to combine the quietness of a rural setting whilst using the top range tv/it facilities that are avaiable.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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auckland
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

Great place, lots of room, all you need, plus friendly and attentive service. I was taken there for a birthday weekend by my husband and a bunch of roses and bottle of bubbly turned up in our room from the staff! Can't go past that...

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riverside Matakana
Address: 170 Green Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand (Formerly Quest Matakana)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Matakana
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Matakana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverside Matakana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of 2015 Tripadvisor Excellence Award. Just one hour from Auckland and located 5 mins from Matakana Village. 17 luxury Kiwi baches set on 30 acres of vineyard, olive groves and landscaped grounds, this is a beautiful property in the heart of Matakana wine country on the doorstep to one of NZ's stunning coasts. Facilities are many and include, swimming pool, tennis and petanque courts, private boat ramp & jetty, with an abundance of park like grounds to enjoy. Or simply enjoy the expansive views from the North-West facing decks. Baches are based on the "iconic kiwi bach,"each with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious living areas, BBQ and full kitchen with everything provided. Riverside Matakana is a place where you can truly get away from it all, whether for a a romantic escape, corporate retreat, family holiday, or to explore the many activities and attractions of the Matakana region. The newly renovated and expanded Conference Lodge is now a fully featured, brilliant space, suitable for executive teams, strategy meetings, sales conferences, or as a venue for any event or special occasion. The Lodge has all the latest technology installed, complete with sheltered courtyard, breakout spaces, onsite catering provided by our caterer, with massive decks with views across the property and Matakana Valley. Riverside Matakana is the perfect place to relax, restore and retreat. ... more   less 
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