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“Takatu Lodge - An Ode to Life”

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Takatu Lodge & Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 9 Matakana B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 November 2011

Four days was not long enough. The lodge and room were extremely comfortable however nothing was better than sitting on our balcony watching dusk fall over the vineyard. Watching the kingfishers and the kookaburra returning home for the night and waiting until the light faded on the sea in the distance and first stars of the evening came out.

All this while drinking some very good wine made from the vines you are looking at.There’s something special about doing that.

Takatu Lodge is discrete, refined and understated and with just 4 rooms more a country house than a hotel. We keep wishing we were back there.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Takatu1, Owner at Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2011

Thank you for your valuable & positive comments and we look forward to welcoming you again to Takatu.
Kind Regards
Heather

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Reviewed 5 February 2011

We have just spent two wonderful days at Takatu. Not only is the lodge wonderful accomodation but Heather, the co-owner ,makes your stay very special indeed - nothing is too much trouble. She is the perfect balance of being available for you whenever you need, without ever intruding on your stay.

The only place we can compare Takatu Lodge to would be "the Maharaja's palace in Jaipur, India, where we spent out Honeymoon. Anywhere elase in the world that we have stayed just does not compare. We will definately come back for our next special occasion.

Kevin & Sarah

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2010

My fiance and I wanted a weekend break away from the city and we came across the wonderful Takatu Lodge online. The place sounded amazing and I had very high expectations - these were met AND exceeded.

We were greeted by Heather who showed us around and made us feel very welcome. The room was fresh, clean and very comfortable. All the little touches (chocolates, flowers, chilled water) made it even better. The heated floor was pure decadence!! It was lovely to soak in a bath overlooking the vineyard and towards the coast.

Before heading out to dinner we relaxed, drinking wine, in front of the open log fire. It was so peaceful and cosy.

The whole lodge was very well designed, every detail had been considered. The beds were comfortable and very warm, just what we needed on a cold night.

Breakfast the following morning was delicious - if only every day could start that way!!

We would highly recommend Takutu lodge - it is expensive, but it is VERY worth it!! Just what we needed!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Gabitas
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

Very comfortable and peaceful accommodation - particularly the bath. Great design and architecture with great district views. Sensational languid breakfast. Heather and John - the hosts - were the highlight. Genuinely friendly and helpful - particularly on what to see locally - and there is a lot to recommend.

Try the Old Saw Mill Bistro at Leigh and the Sculpture Trail.

The local wine was also a revelation.

Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Timetraveller16
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Reviewed 8 July 2010

After initially booking my parents elsewhere, I needed to change and found Takatu - Heather, the host was so lovely. My parents had a simply AMAZING time of relaxation and enjoyment there. Wine tasting, massages, wonderful restaurants. Just what they needed. Thanks Heather and John - you were just what Mum and Dad (Gill and Gavin) needed to simply get away from it all!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2010

we stayed at Takatu over a long weekend - about 1 hour's drive out of Auckland city. The lodge only has a few rooms.

The accommodation is a few minutes drive from the main town, and the hosts Heather and John are great on reccomendations on local sights and restaurants, including detailed descriptions on how to get there.

The room was fantastic, including in floor heating in the bedroom and bathroom, a giant bathtub and shower and double sinks in the bathroom. Almost everything had been thought of in the room including pot tea, pot coffee, juices and other basics. Views from the room are fantastic - over looking the vineyards and then onto the ocean.

Breakfast was a fantastic 3 course affair and gave us an opportunity to catch up with other guests. There is also an extensive CD and book library if you don't feel like exploring. Internet is also free (finally! a hotel with free internet), but the room construction means that it is not wireless. There are no TVs in the room - something we didn't realise until after we left.

Only word of warning - the beds are very soft. If you're used to sleeping on a hard bed, it may be difficult to sleep in these.

I would reccomend this place for anyone lookign for a relaxing weekend away without any worries.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank vanouhi
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Reviewed 10 February 2010

I was fortunate enough to be hosted at this lodge with my partner.
I was aware of the status of Takatu wine and the high quality of its reputation within the world of wine.
However, what I gained most exceptionally from this visit was being able to see and to gain an insight into the passion of John and Heather through their determination to develop wine of exceptional quality using the purest methodology amidst a lodge of exceptional quality. I gained a sense of genuine friendship from our hosts who spent time amongst their respective busy lives to take/make the time to share accounts of their journey with my partner and I as well as to enable them to host us to a very high standard.
For me this was more than a place in paradise to lay our heads, but a place where I was able to be invigorated by the passion of a couple who took the risks with a purest vision and who are continuing to strive to achieve the most highest of standards.
The area is only 45 minutes from Central Auckland and seems a world away. The beach at Buckleton's Beach is a gem too with the nearby townships of Matakana and Puhoi providing divergent impressions of current rural living. The determination of the local people to prevent and/or manage the challenges of the "big city developments" is to be admired and to be commended and to be totally encouraged as the "big city way" is not the way for everyone.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Takatu Lodge & Vineyard

Address: 518 Whitmore Road, Matakana, Auckland 0948, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Matakana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Matakana
Price Range: £290 - £418 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Takatu Lodge & Vineyard 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the entrance of the beautiful Takatu Peninsula, this award-winning 5 Star lodge & vineyard is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and magnificent beaches. Takatu Lodge's contemporary design incorporates walls of glass to capture stunning views of the vineyard, mountains & sea beyond. The luxurious suites are designed for ultimate privacy and comfort. A sumptuous breakfast with a "slow food" approach and 'A Gift for Every is included: 1st night: A bottle of Takatu’s award winning Bordeaux style Kawau Bay 2007 2nd night: Two tickets to the local Brick Bay Sculpture Trail – explore & view the best renowned NZ sculptors works, exhibited in a natural bush setting. 3rd night: Hosted by the owners, experience a complimentary wine tasting of one of their award-winning wines, accompanied by an antipasti dish for two people. ... more   less 
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