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“unexpected but pleasant”
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Te Mata Lodge
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thames
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“unexpected but pleasant”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

We didn't quite expect the long drive down a gravel road to get to the lodge. It was a good thing we arrived before dark. Our stay was pleasant - Murray and Dorothy were most helpful and the lodge was tranquil and peaceful.

Room Tip: We changed to an ensuite room instead of the one originally booked which has toilets outside. We we...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Manager at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thanks for the review YFrancis.
We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and am sorry about the surprise of the 500m gravel driveway. Also we apologize again for the misunderstanding in regards to the listing on booking.com, we felt a family room with shared bathroom described that the cabins were not self contained but reflecting on this we can now see that it could be also be understood as a shared bathroom for the family. We will look into how better to describe this in booking.com's system for future guests.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is a great spot if you are looking for somewhere peaceful in rural Coromandel. Lots of different accommodation types on offer in a secluded riverside setting complete with swimming holes and kayaking. Plenty to see and do locally in terms of visiting Coromandel and Thames towns, tramping and swimming. Hosts were lovely and very welcoming. Would recommend.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Manager at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you for your review Caroline. We are glad to hear you and the family enjoyed yourselves and it sounds like you did well to get the most out of this beautiful spot. Thanks for staying at Te Mata Lodge
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed in the chalet for 3 nights and found it very comfortable and it had everything that you needed (home away from home).The quite and the peacefulness in the mornings having breakfast
Out on the belconey looking out over the bush and valley was truly magical.Bush walks is a must as the walks brings you back to reality in what you are missing in life ,the fresh air ,great scenery, cold water from the streams,and the tracks are great!!.Would recommend this place to anyone who wants to get away from it all,

Room Tip: The chalets on the hill side where we stayed have good views and is quite and peaceful
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Manager at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
What an awesome review Jenny. That does so well to describe the beauty of Te Mata Lodge and The Coromandel. It is an opportunity to escape and refresh in the midst of nature. It is great to hear you thoroughly enjoyed yourself. That is what we hope for all our guests.
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

A perfect getaway for those looking to rejuvenate in a serene environment. We loved listening to the bird-song or watching the sun set while having our meals at the veranda. Extremely well-equipped and clean unit. We had everything we need!

Hosts, Murray and Michael, were lovely and kind - probably the best I've met on this trip. I'm sure they would have much success with this place :)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Hi Maxxice
Thankyou for such a raving review. We are happy to here you enjoyed yoyrselves and your kind words about us as hosts means a lot. We do our best to treat everyone who visits as if they were family friends, in part as that is how we like to be treated ourselves. I guess the next level would have been if one of our wives were to do a beautiful cooked roast :-)
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed one night for our wedding anniversary and liked the location. It was lovely swimming in the stream and using the string hammock over the water! The 2 bdm cottage was basic and very bachlike - not quite up to the standard I was hoping for. But comfortable enough. The shower is tiny and there are no views from the cottage we stayed in. I would prefer to stay in one of the chalets next time.

Room Tip: If you're a couple, try the chalet. The 2bdm cottage is good for a family.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Hi Yvonne

Thankyou for your review, it is much appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the property of Te Mata Lodge and at the same time am sorry if you felt the two bedroom cottage was misrepresented on bookabach. We will review this and try to portray it better. If your booking had been made further in advance I am sure you would have enjoyed the chalet as they are a 2006 build with a larger shower and more modern feel.
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed February 10, 2014

We had our engagement party at Te Mata lodge, it will probably top the wedding it was such an incredible experience! We stayed in a chalet for 5 nights, with guests staying in the cottages & cabins. The kitchen was fully stocked to cook anything you wanted, as well a bbq on the deck. The wide open flat field was perfect to set up, even the largest marquee. We went with a parachute, ask Michael about that if you need a marquee. The river running through the property was one of the highlights for all of the guests including ourselves. We took canoe's out, swung the rope swing into the cool fresh water, hung in the hammock over the stream next to the rushing water over the log. We gathered gem stones, and beautiful rocks, we picked wild blackberries and white peaches, the grapes weren't quite ready so look for those! The morning after our party we picked muscles from Te Mata beach, they supplied us with buckets and they have shoes to wear. We had big cook up's down by the river and ate family style around the big table, there is a bbq there also. They have so many fun activities for kids around the property; glow worms, trampoline, petanque, croquette, badminton, hikes to take and Michael is working on a mountain bike track which is exciting! Murray, Dorothy, Michael and Jovana made it such an incredible experience, always there to help if we needed anything. You really feel like your in God's land, secluded from the world, but with everything you need... including 100mb of Wifi a day (just enough to keep you in touch, and still outside). Oh and the fishing off the rocks was rad! All in all, can't say enough about this place, it is truly magical, and you will love it!

Room Tip: The fitness center is the woods around you, and all the great activities so make use of it! The Chal...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank CharlesandJoanna
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Thankyou for such a raving review Joanna
We thoroughly enjoyed having you and your family and friends stay with us for your engagement party. The way you set things up was inspirational and we really enjoyed the part we played in the whole occasion. Unlike other guests you and Charlie really made full use of all the property had to offer and so you got to enjoy discovering many of the hidden 'gems' of Te Mata Lodge.
Glad you found the kitchen well stoked with all the equipment you needed for cooking and we wish you guys all the best for your American wedding.
Bless you guys and we hope to see you back again next time round.
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay. We felt so at home and were greeted right from our car and looked after throughout our stay. We felt much more like we were visiting family and never like we were just customers. The Lodge is so lovely and peacefull, a wonderful place just to get away and have some much deserved time out. So affordable and with lots of extra facilities that were kindly offered free of charge. We certainly will be back and bringing others along with us.

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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thanks for a great review. We all felt real special to hear you felt as though you were treated like family. It was great to see you to really stoked with the property and enjoying everything we have to offer. Would be great to see you back with more friends as we are always happy to see new people discovering what is hidden down our little valley.
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Property: Te Mata Lodge
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
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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