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“Fantastic Location”
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Matakana Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Matakana
Kaikohe, New Zealand
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“Fantastic Location”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

What a fantastic location, especially when you have 2 young children under 5. It was nice to walk all of a minute maybe to get to the centre of Matakana. We stayed in the large studio unit which had a double bed and 2 bunks which were very comfortable. The unit was very clean and well equipped. A fan and heater were supplied and the cupboards were well stocked with dishes and utensils. We had no problems with noise from neighbouring units which was great. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful. There was a trampoline and 'small' slide for the children, but very basic, probably not worth mentioning. We really enjoyed our stay and were very happy with the price as well. The only downside was the mosquito's and that was the only flaw we could find. If you are looking for somewhere to base yourself for a few days while you explore the area, I would highly recommend this motel.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

We were disappointed with our stay here. We had 2 rooms and neither was very clean or comfortable. The single beds in 1 room were ok but in our room the double bed was very uncomfortable. Another problem was the lack of insect screens, so there was a choice of no air or being bitten during the night...unfortunately the can of insect spray was empty (I discovered this in the middle of the night in desperation as I tried to escape the bugs). We did not expect luxury as the cost is modest but we spent a very uncomfortable night here.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Mathouse, Front Office Manager at Matakana Motel, responded to this review, 13 December 2012
Thank you for your review. We are sorry the bed was uncomfortable. Sometimes when we are away from our own bed nothing seems quite the same as your own. We have tried many times with insect screens but unfortunately the way they are treated means they don't last long. We will make sure all rooms are kept with full insect spray and plug ins.
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

We have stayed her 4 times and always book when we visit Matakana. Owners are friendly and accommodation is well equpped and clean. Bed very comfortable and so handy just a minute walk into town. We were in a two bedroom unit and I feel it was excellent value.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mathouse, Front Office Manager at Matakana Motel, responded to this review, 13 December 2012
Thank you for your valued comments.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

we stayed at Matakana House Hotel 10/02/12 as we were up at matakana for a wedding. I read the reviews and thought oh no as some of the comments are very off putting. We were plesently surprised. We were in a 2 brm unit. they were clean and had a deck with chairs outside plus a front door so we had a nice breeze through the place. I asked for a fan in the room and it wasn't a problem for them to put one into the unit for us. The towels etc were very clean and soft, and there was ample cups, plates, cutlery etc, everything you need. Thanks to the staff for a comfortable stay. The Ford Family

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Mathouse, Front Office Manager at Matakana Motel, responded to this review, 13 December 2012
Thank you for your comments. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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auckland
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We were a group of friends, all with young families, away for a weekend together. The grounds are a little shabby, and the old spa pools made into fish ponds are probably better just filled in, but the rooms were tidy, comfortable and clean. the only available heating was one fan heater, but the rooms were surprsingly warm considering it was a cold weekend.
No fire alarms!! despite full kitchen facilities.
Great location 50m to the Matakana Village and markets.
It pretty much meet expectations.
(PS the father and son at the Matakana Pub next door are great sorts who know how to have a good time and look after customers! thanks)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

Had read the negative reviews AFTER we'd booked so were really looking for all the the things others had said were wrong with the motel But to our great pleasure we were impressed with how clean & cosy our 2room unit was,also how gr8 the owners were --couldn't do enough for us And its so close & easy to walk to the village cinema & the wonderful market & down to the river No mozzies either. The motel was fairly well booked out & we had no problem with noise from other guests
I would choose to stay there again & tell as many others to do the same We had a gr8 time in that beautiful part of our country Many thanks

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 April 2011

If you can find somewhere else, go there. This place is expensive, dirty and full of mosquitoes. The grounds are filthy with rubbish and junk dotted everywhere. The bathroom smelled of urine. The towels smelled of body odour. I felt dirty after showering. Revolting place.

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Matakana Motel
Address: 975 Matakana Road, Matakana 0985, New Zealand (Formerly Matakana House Motel)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Matakana
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Matakana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Matakana Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The motel is made up of 16 modern, purpose built units, from studio units with tea and coffee making facilities through to 2 bedroom units complete with kitchen. Or, spoil yourself in the spa unit which has its own spa bath.• 2 bedroom units have full cooking facilities, separate lounge and dining area.• Studio units have bathroom, fridge, tea/coffee and breakfast making facilities. Outdoor heated pool, children's playground & a gym for those energetic guests. Location is only minutes from Omaha Beach & golf course. Goat Island Marine Reserve, local wineries, Morris & James pottery. Opposite Matakana Farmers Market cinemas and shops. Handy to Matakana Country Park and equestrian centre, Kawau Island via ferry, Sandspit and more. Matakana is situated 8kms east of State Highway 1 from Warkworth on Matakana Road, approximately 1 hour drive from Auckland. ... more   less 
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