I stayed in this motel with my younger sister. We've stayed in other motels, but this one was probably the best quality one. Even better than many hotels. It was very very clean, and had good amenities. Heaters (including heated blanket), great air conditioning, strong water, hair dryer, lots of towels, big tv, dvd player, etc. And the kitchen is sufficiently equipped. There is free wifi, but you're only given limited vouchers per day.
A small downside is that the motel is beside a highway, so you can hear cars 'whoosh' past. But it didn't bother my sleep at all. The motel is a walkable distance from the i-site, if you're planning to take a trip to the Hobbiton movie set. Most of the restaurants are also in that same area. But there aren't really any pedestrian crossings, so you just have to be careful.
The rooms were wonderful, but the staff weren't the most helpful or friendly. My sister and I aren't from NZ, and we don't drive, which meant that when it suddenly started raining on the morning we were supposed to walk to the bus stop, we were stuck. We asked the staff for help (where we could get an umbrella) etc, but they didn't really try to help us, and weren't too nice about it either. We were told where we could buy an umbrella, but the place wouldn't open til too late. Maybe I shouldn't expect them to, but I was just hoping they would be more helpful, but they weren't, and we got really wet walking in the rain. There's no public transport around Matamata.
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