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“Perfect relaxing getaway”
Review of Riverside Matakana

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Riverside Matakana
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

This is the second time we have stayed here. The first time was by ourselves, and this time we also took our 2 teenagers.It is both a relaxing place to go and unwind as a couple, as well as fantastic for a family holiday.The baches are spacious, immaculately clean, and well appointed, with great kitchen facilities, and a BBQ for each bach.
We love the way you can open them up and have a large spacious area or shut off different rooms to create an extra bedroom or reading space.The views are beautiful, looking over vines,olive trees, the river, and surrounding hills- an extremely quiet and peaceful setting.
The kids took off by themselves and spent heaps of time fishing from the wharf, and playing tennis on the courts.
At night,if you don't want to cook, there are fabulous places to eat out in Matakana, only 3 minutes down the road.
Next time we would bring the boat and Kayaks to make the most of the on-site boat ramp and river, and it would be good to visit in summer to be able to use the pool.
Will definitely be returning!

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

“It was amazing! Big and spacious, quiet and tucked away yet so close to Auckland. We drove up in the evening as I had been in Hamilton earlier in the day and arrived to find a stunning, large and clean house style apartment! Would be a perfect family getaway. We enjoyed a good drink and eat and catch up (Lisa and I) and really loved the peacefulness of it all. In the morning we could hear the birds chirping away and I really enjoyed the break away from the busyness of life here.

Jan showed us around in the morning and it was good to see the conference room, pool and tennis court too which is good for versatility of guests. They have put a lot of time and effort into making Matakana an ideal stopover for anyone heading up further north.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Riverside Matakana is made up of around 20 two bedroom small houses, built like an upmarket bach. They have full cooking facilities and two ensuite bathrooms. They are designed so the second bedroom can be opened up to increase the size of the living area. Furnished beautifully and very peaceful surroundings. They have tennis court and boat ramp onsite so would be nice to bring the family and the boat.
The only downside to Riverside Matakana is that there is no restaurant or bar onsite so you have to drive to find sustenance. However, local taxis were great and charged a flat rate of $20 into Matakana Village, which considering we could fit 7 in their people mover was excellent value.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

Myself and my husband needed a weekend away, so we chose the most expensive and most 'luxurious' place in Matakana for the weekend and took advantage of the special. $445.00 for two nights at Riverside Matakana.

Now, the website and reviews don't tell you this but these little 'lodges' are actually just little flats all grouped up together in a great big vinyard, which is great if you're a social person on a social weekend. But for us, we wanted somewhere quiet and secluded by a river. We were put in one of the lodges which was no where near a river, in fact, I couldn't even SEE a river and right next door to us (and I mean RIGHT next door) was a family of young kids. All we could see/hear all weekend was the young kids running back and forth over our lawn, screaming first thing in the morning. It was horrendous.

As the owners/mangers you'd surely think to put a couple in another flat away from the family?

It was terribly overpriced for what you got, horribly uncomfortable bed and the milk in the fridge when we arrived had gone off in MAY. Two month old milk isn't something you'd expect to see in a $280 a night lodge.

All in all we left feeling dissapointed and disatisfied and will not be reccomending this place to our friends.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Matakana123, Manager at Riverside Matakana, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2011

Dear Sarah P
We are very sorry to read you did not enjoy your stay with us.
Through photographs we do our best to accurately represent Riverside on our website.
It is our policy to group couples and families seperately in the different clusters to avoid this type of conflict.
We respond to any complaints from guests immediately and would have been very happy to move you if we had known you were unhappy.

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Reviewed 22 May 2011

Just had girly weekend here. There were 4 of us and there was heaps of room. The view from our bach was fab. The gas fire gave a very cosy feeling and added to the atmosphere. Would recommend this place to anyone. If its some R and R you are wanting, go no further that this place. With Matakana not far away with the Markets and Restaurants its the place to be.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

A perfect place for my husband and I to stay with our family. We had four cottages - one for each of our three children and their families. They were clustered together but beautifully private. We looked right down on to the tennis court and swimming pool - perfect for sports mad grandchildren.
The cottages were beautifully appointed, and had everything we needed. The two bathrooms in each cottage were modern and spotless, as was the kitchen.
Only a short drive in to Matakana and close to many lovely beaches and restaurants.
Will certainly return when possible.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 January 2011

I would definitely recommend Riverside Matakana. We only stayed for a weekend, but these baches are so well-equipped you could easily stay here for a couple of weeks. They've thought of everything, from the small but complete kitchen, to the spotlessly clean bbq. All the fittings are top quality, the decor is stylish, everything is immaculate. There are also many nice hotel touches, our room was serviced daily, the linen and towels are hotel quality and a generous array of toiletries were re-stocked. The staff were very helpful providing recommendations on restaurants and wineries to visit. The location is very handy to everything - a 5 minute drive to Matakana village and within 10-15 minutes drive from loads of wineries and beaches. Our bach overlooked a small valley with some mangroves at the bottom, I think some of the baches might have a view of the river though so it may be worth requesting those if you're after a water view. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riverside Matakana

Address: 170 Green Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985, New Zealand (Formerly Quest Matakana)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Matakana
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Matakana
Price Range: £140 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverside Matakana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of 2015 Tripadvisor Excellence Award. Just one hour from Auckland and located 5 mins from Matakana Village. 17 luxury Kiwi baches set on 30 acres of vineyard, olive groves and landscaped grounds, this is a beautiful property in the heart of Matakana wine country on the doorstep to one of NZ's stunning coasts. Facilities are many and include, swimming pool, tennis and petanque courts, private boat ramp & jetty, with an abundance of park like grounds to enjoy. Or simply enjoy the expansive views from the North-West facing decks. Baches are based on the "iconic kiwi bach,"each with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious living areas, BBQ and full kitchen with everything provided. Riverside Matakana is a place where you can truly get away from it all, whether for a a romantic escape, corporate retreat, family holiday, or to explore the many activities and attractions of the Matakana region. The newly renovated and expanded Conference Lodge is now a fully featured, brilliant space, suitable for executive teams, strategy meetings, sales conferences, or as a venue for any event or special occasion. The Lodge has all the latest technology installed, complete with sheltered courtyard, breakout spaces, onsite catering provided by our caterer, with massive decks with views across the property and Matakana Valley. Riverside Matakana is the perfect place to relax, restore and retreat. ... more   less 
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