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“A Real Coromandel Gem!”
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Te Mata Lodge
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thames
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed three nights in one of the chalets. The drive into the Lodge (off Eames Cresent) follows a winding gravel road (400m) that took us into the grounds on the banks of Te Mata Creek...the setting in just breathtaking...hosts Warwick and Kathryn Reed are lovely people, with extensive knowledge of the Coromandel Peninsula...and have added that personal touch that made our stay enjoyable. The chalet was spotless and its location, with views of the surrounding forest, and valley, had us believing that we were in a treehouse. Comfortable beds made for restful nights, and the locale made for restful days. The Lodge is surrounding by pristine trails for those who enjoy a good hike. The Coromandel needs a good week just to scratch its surface, and I can't think of a better base to explore it from than the Te Mata Lodge. Many thanks to the Reeds for our stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

This is off the beaten path but worth the drive. Four of us stayed in a chalet in two separate bedrooms. We purchased a breakfast basket for our morning meals.

The grounds are rustic and relaxing.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We stayed in Te Mata Lodge for 2 nights and it was in such an idyllic setting we wished we had stayed for longer. The hosts were so friendly and welcoming, offering good advice for things to do on the Coromandel. Hopefully some day we will get back to experience it again!!

Room Tip: We were in Chalet #4, nice and private with the sound of the river the only noise in the background
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

I chose Te Mata based on previous reviews and we were totally pleased with the choice. Three of us stayed in a homey, comfy 1 BR fully equipped cottage. As our host Warwick predicted, we wished we had more time to stay. This is a special place, off the beaten track, more of a nature lodge/summer camp, not just another night at a typical hotel. More sun, less rain would have been nice, but we got to see the glowworms in a totally natural setting under a small overhang along the river. The 4/5 for cleanliness is only because nature isn't pristine, but that's OK. Te Mata is not about the room but the wonderful setting with caring hosts who continually work to improve it (tho they anticipate change and are looking for new owners).

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

Te Mata is situated up a creek in a truly beautiful spot. The cabin is basically furnished but quite adequate for short stop. Free Internet, kayaking and river shoes if you fancy a walk up the creek all add to its appeal. Only drawback for us was the late check in, not till 5pm, which we found a bit late, especially if it is only a one night stopover.

Room Tip: Choose the larger cottGe if you want privacy.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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tematalodge, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2011

Thanks for the positive comments, but I want to clear up one point. Our check in time is 1:00pm - and always has been. I am sorry if you thought otherwise. I am glad you had a nice time while you were here. One of the frequent comments our guests make is how much they wished they had longer to stay - both for the opportunities on the Coromandel Peninsula and the things to do here at Te Mata Lodge.

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Reviewed November 19, 2011

Te Mata Lodge is delighfully situated by a river. The gardens are lovely and the hosts are charming and very welcoming. The cottages are spacious and, while not luxurious, are very comfortable. We would have liked to stay longer.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

My daughter and I stayed here in January, 2011, and as we bumped down the gravel road, she asked, "Are you sure this is the right way??" But indeed it was, and we spent two idyllic days in one of the simple cabins that Warwick and Kathryn keep (the apartment units are also very nice but were more space than we needed). There's a well-outfitted outdoor kitchen in which we cooked green-lipped mussels that we dug in Te Mata Bay at low tide, and we hiked along the river bed, swam, and just generally enjoyed the quiet. At night, Warwick showed us the local glowworm cave. This is an excellent place to stay if you want to spend a few days on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Room Tip: The cabins, which include beds, televisions, and comfortable sitting areas, are fine if you are comf...
  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 18 Eames Crescent | Te Mata Bay, Thames Coast, Thames 3575, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thames
Price Range: $82 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Te Mata Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in an idyllic valley, bordered by bush and stream, minutes from the coast. Quality reasonably priced accommodation - cabins, cottages and chalets. Quiet and peaceful, no road noise. Swimming, gold panning, rock/gemstone collecting, bush walks, kayaking, glow worm grotto - all free to guests. Friendly owners who are happy to help with trip planning. ... more   less 
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