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Te Mata Lodge
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thames
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Lovely tranquil setting surrounded by native bush, with the sound of the river nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were made to feel very welcome. The accommodation was well set up, comfortable and clean.
The location was handy to Coromandel and Thames townships which we did a couple of day trips to.
It was our first visit but won't be our last.
Recommend A+++

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Liz S
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Hi Liz
It was great having you and the family come stay, you guys were a pleasure to have around and we are happy you enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for the review Liz

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Very nice place with great accommodation that we liked. Great place that we enjoyed. This is the kind of place that would like to stay at the next time we visit New Zealand and the Coromandel area. The Place is well situated which makes it easy to access other parts of Coromandel.

Room Tip: This Place is well situated which makes it easy to access other parts of Coromandel.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Martin A
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Hi Martin,

Thanks for the review. It was great seeing your son enjoying exploring the river a bit and to see you out there with your Camera. If you got any photos that you would like to share from Te Mata Lodge we would love to see them on Trip Advisor. If you are back over our way we would love to host you again.

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

This trip was our fifth to Te Mata lodge. Very secluded post which we enjoy returning to each year. We have children 5 and 7 and they love coming here. Lots of things to do such as swimming in the private river, beach close by, kayaks, trampoline, walks... It is only a few minutes drive to the diary / fish'n'chip shop and about 25 mins to Thames town for supplies. Love it.

Room Tip: Choice of rooms from fully self contained to cabins. We choose the bigger self contained room for...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank mpryde
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Hi the Pryde Clan

Thanks for a great review, it was so great to see your kids and Sophia having such great fun together. It is great to have you booked in for another year and I'm sure Sophia will be around then also.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed for a week in the two bedroom cottage, an ideal size for us (2 couples and a baby). The property is well setup with plenty to do on site and warm and welcoming hosts. Great advice on things to do locally and also with the loan of equipment for collecting mussels at Te Mata Point and for visiting Hot Water Beach. The river is fantastic with several swimming/kayaking spots. A great place for a family getaway, well placed for visiting the Coromandel Peninsula but plenty to do on-site.
Visit the Tapu store for great value ice creams with a wide range of Tip Top Flavours.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank scharters
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Thanks for such a great and detailed review. It was great to see you all enjoying the property and tripping around. You guys looked like you did well even with a 5 month old. Thanks for staying with is at the Lodge

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed at Te Mata lodge in a cabin, and even though it was basic it was lovely. plenty of room, clean and comfortable. Lovely friendly staff. great activities and outdoor space. Loved the river with the kayaks and blew up rings. Great spot with a claming feel and but still close to the beach in Te Mata. great spot for stoping off for a couple of nights while exploring the Coromandle.

Room Tip: Cabin = plenty of room with queen bed and two sets of bunks. sounds crowded but its not. has a fridg...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Abby M
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to leave a helpful review Abby. We are glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. It has been great seeing more people enjoying the use of the cabins and making full use of the kayaks and river. Hope to see you again sometime.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

We were initially wary because the road that leads us to the cottages did not look very promising. However 400m down the road , we were greeted warmly by the owner and her daughter. They showed us the cottages and all our reservations were alleviated straight away. We initailly booked for a two bedroom and a chalet but they were 50 m apart and the owner was kind enough to switch us to a one and two bedroom cottage which were next to each other. That was really thoughtful and we really appreciated that.

The cottages were charming , beds were good ,kitchen well stocked, toilets working well with enough hot water and heaters to keep us warm. You wake up in the mornings to birds chirping and ultra serenity looking at the ferns . The kids had a great time with the trampoline and hammocks . There was even a small stream where the kids could go swimming or kayaking with life jackets provided.

Altogether a very pleasant and unique get away which we will remember. We chose this place because we wanted to go for the coramandel fishing charters which were 40 min away. The owners also loaned us a ice bin for the fish.. There is a convenient store about 10 minutes away where we bought our bread ,milk ,eggs and ice for fishing but do stock up groceries at Thames (20 km) away before reaching.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Hi Jolinpl

Thankyou for taking the time to give us such a great detailed review. We are so pleased that once getting to the end of the driveway all anxieties were relieved. If we could we would concrete the driveway, but in time hopefully we can do it a bit at a time.
Such a joy for us to read how much you enjoyed Te Mata Lodge and all the property has to offer.
Also thanks for the fish you left with us when you returned the chilly bin, we enjoyed them for breakfast the next day, filleted, crumbed and fried.
Was great to meet your family and we are once again so pleased that you could enjoy your time on the Coromandel Peninsula.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Thanks for providing such a relaxing accommodation for our weekend escape. Clean tidy cabins and plenty of information on what to do and where to eat in the area. The area down by the river was peaceful and the hammocks a perfect place to relax after playing around in the Kayaks Defiantly will be back!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tania H
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2013

Hi Tania,
Thanks for a great review, great to hear you enjoyed your stay in the one bedroom cottage and even better to hear you enjoyed having a kayak in the swimming hole and relaxing on the hammocks. They are a great spot to chill out and read a book. Look forward to seeing you again sometime.

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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: $64 - $111 (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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