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Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Matamata
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4 reviews
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“Welcoming and perfect for children.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

We have stayed here twice now. It is really nice to be able to go somewhere and know it will be relaxing for us adults and fun for the kids. This camp is clean and safe but not precious. I am not worried that the children will hurt themselves and I am not stressed that they will break anything. The owners are lovely and it is affordable too. We are hoping to get there again soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

very lovely place to stay. The owners lovely and welcoming (the icing on the cake - their friendly personalities). we really enjoyed our time here. thanks george for the 'extra' care : the BBQ breakfast, the kids fun rides. overall, top rating. I would recommend to anyone!!! (the first time we have stayed here and will def not be the last... we will certainly be back, and have recommended it already to family and friends) well done george, many thanks. Kids think you are great! (they loved the pigs) Julie

Room Tip: we stayed in our caravan, all sites are lovely
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

A fantastic 11 night stay (10 nights tenting, 1 night in cabin) with our 3 children. George and Racheal make this the true 'kiwi summer camping experience' kids will remember forever! Their efforts and enthusiasm that all their visitors have a 'happy stay', along with the qualities of the pools will ensure our return next year, not to mention the complimentary BBQ breakfast to kick start the new year!!
Communal facilities are dated - yet that is half the charm of this property, and as we have returned twice since Racheal and George have taken over - improvements are underway!
Many thanks again - we have posted a couple of pics of Racheal joining the kids in their 'show' and also of George overseeing the water slide he set up for the kids on your face book page.
Am sure other guests will enjoy warm hospitality from the owners along with the unique charms of this holiday park !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

What a great place to stay. Clean, tidy, friendly and very welcoming. I am very impressed with this camp. The owners were very helpful in all aspects. I have stayed in a few places, and this would be one of the best. I wish all places were like this. I will most definately be coming back. Thanks to management for all your great efforts. It was fantastic to be able to come to a place where I could relax after a hard days work.

Room Tip: I had a kitchen unit. Just like a motel room but without the shower and toilet (which is just a few...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Lovely old site,Had a short stay here, we were very impressed, great value,pools lovely, very relaxing and peaceful site,pitches well maintained,George owner very friendly doing great job,looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

This is the fourth time that we have camped at Opai Springs. Since the camp has been under new management by George and Rachel, we have noticed some wonderful changes to the facilities. They have obviously been working hard to update the facilities as well as the quality of service to their customers. The site is a bit dated in places (that’s fair) but things are slowly changing, and the rates per night are fair. Thank you George for welcoming us to your site, and spending time with the kids. We really appreciate the time you took taking the kids for rides on your quad bike. For us, staying at Opai Springs is about creating great memories for our young family, and you and Rachel surely helped us to do that. You can’t please everyone guys, but hold on to the vision you have for the campsite, and keep up the good work.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

We visited Opal Springs for a pitch for our camper van. It is a wonderful small camp site that steps right out of the 1960s at you and still has a charm that makes it a pleasure to visit. No, it is not modern, nor impeccable but actually it is a pleasure to visit and meet the enthusiastic owner George.

There are 3 delightful thermally heated pools of differing temperature which are great at the end of a long drive and also before setting off for the day. Yes they could do with a little updating but they a great soak!

Mind you, since Hobbiton film location formally opened the day before our visit, I suspect that George will have a whole lot of visitors and may have to up his game to keep ahead of the pack in the coming years. Good luck George!

Room Tip: Just ask politely, George will try his very best!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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george h, Owner at Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to write a review.
We really appreciate our guests taking the time to share their thoughts about their time with us.
We hope you can make it back another time.
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Additional Information about Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park

Property: Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park
Address: 257 Okauia Springs Road, Matamata 3471, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Matamata
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Matamata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park 2*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP... Central location, 6km from Matamata set in 6ha of park-like grounds.18 hole golf course adjacent to the park. Thermal Hot Pools, Open all year round. ... more   less 
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