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Te Mata Lodge
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thames
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Thanks for providing such a relaxing accommodation for our weekend escape. Clean tidy cabins and plenty of information on what to do and where to eat in the area. The area down by the river was peaceful and the hammocks a perfect place to relax after playing around in the Kayaks Defiantly will be back!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Hi Tania,
Thanks for a great review, great to hear you enjoyed your stay in the one bedroom cottage and even better to hear you enjoyed having a kayak in the swimming hole and relaxing on the hammocks. They are a great spot to chill out and read a book. Look forward to seeing you again sometime.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We stayed at Te mata lodge for 2 nights in november, 3 children and 2 adults.We found the accomodation in the cottage to be suitable for our group .The rooms were spacious and clean and contained everything that we needed.The cottage was set in a lovely bush setting with a beautiful part of the river available to kayak with the kids. The owners provided great service and were available at any time if there was anything we needed. We had a fantastic holiday and highly recommended for anyone visiting the coromandel!

Room Tip: No pool but a beautiful part of the river to swim.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Kristy G
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Manager at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Hi Kristy
Glad to hear you had a fantastic time staying at Te Mata Lodge, that is the reason we are here and seeing families enjoy the property really is a highlight in our days.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We spent 3 peaceful nights in a bijou cabin in stunning surroundings. Comfy bed, well equipped kitchen, sparkling bathroom, and friendly owners and their curious hens. It was fine for 2, it might be a bit of a squeeze for a family. The location is secluded yet the main road is not far. If we did not live quite so far away, this lodge would be one of our go-to places for short breaks. Just lovely.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ina D
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Manager at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Thanks for a stunning review Ina
Great to hear you enjoyed your stay, that is the most important thing for us. We would agree completely with you in regards to the size of our Chalets, ideally suited for couples. Most families who stay come with the expectation of the size and so seem to really enjoy themselves, I think the trick for families is to see the chalets as a place to sleep and the rest of the property as your place to play and enjoy. That being said we have a two bedroom cottage which can sleep six for families looking for more space and a bigger kitchen.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We loved our two nights at Te Mata Lodge. We stayed in a lovely cabin with a gorgeous view of the native New Zealand bush. Only two,but our cabin had an upstairs & would have suited a family. The cabin was pristine & everything seemed new & well cared for & spotless. In a very secluded spot, but not far off the main road, with a lovely stream & play area for children. My husband swam in the swimming hole & we enjoyed the gang of chickens! Our hosts Murray & Dorothy were very welcoming & we liked the ecological green aspect of Te Mata Lodge.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MoreJournies
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Thanks for a great review. It really made me smile hearing about the gang of chickens, they are quite friendly and curious creatures, are they not. Glad to hear your enjoyed the property and even have a chance for a swim, personally I am going almost everyday that I am around. The Chalet you stayed in is our latest addition of accommodation and as you found is perfect for couples and great for small families that don't mind a very cozy close feel :-)

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Temata is a lovely peaceful place to stay. The cottage we stayed in was really lovely and felt very homely, it had all that anyone would require to stay in. Their sense of nature, with recycling etc is great. Will return for another stay with friends.

Thank you for a peaceful night stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Christine B
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2013

Hi Christine, Thank you for your lovely review, we agree with you, we definitely have a beautiful spot here and we are glad you got to experience it for yourself.

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We only had two brief nights at Te Mata Lodge but the experience was well worth it. The grounds are beautiful and the location peaceful and tranquil. The hosts were lovely and welcoming. Had we had more time at Te Mata, we would have taken up the offer of the free kayaking and private tour of the glow worm grotto.

Room Tip: Note there was no swimming pool (but there was a river) and no restaurant that we were made aware of
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2013

Thanks for the Review Melanie. Glad to hear you enjoyed the grounds and even considered the kayaking. If you do come again hopefully you can get the perfect day to experience the river. I noted you ranked us a three for room and cleanliness, it would be great if you could flick us an email about what aspects you were not so happy with as we would love to be aware of these to make future guests stay more comfortable.

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

About 25 mins drive up north from Thames. Into the Te Mata valley, down a 4WD track, you are totally away from civilisation. Run by a nice family. No real neighbours. Peacefull location. Nice lodge with space for living, dining. not much food options around, so get stocked and they have cooking facility and bbq on sit. River flows next to property. They have kayaks to use. No cell coverage and wifi signal limited. So if you want to relax and not get disturbed, get lost to this place. Good walking trails around in the bush.

Room Tip: Anywhere is good
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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TeMataLodge-Thames, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2013

Thanks for the review Aspi. It was great seeing your family enjoying the property. You are right wifi is limited to 100mb free a day. And as you found we are more than happy to help out if you need more. At some stage we would love to concrete the driveway but being 500m of gravel it will be sometime before it fits into the budget, that being said we don't own any 4wd vehicles and the tricks is to accelerate slowly to limit the wheels skidding a bit on the gravel. And I totally agree Te Mata Lodge is a place where you can get lost and escape from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the surrounds.

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Address: 18 Eames Crescent | Te Mata Bay, Thames Coast, Thames 3575, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Thames
Price Range: £45 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Te Mata Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in an idyllic valley, bordered by bush and stream, minutes from the coast. Quality reasonably priced accommodation - cabins, cottages and chalets. Quiet and peaceful, no road noise. Swimming, gold panning, rock/gemstone collecting, bush walks, kayaking, glow worm grotto - all free to guests. Friendly owners who are happy to help with trip planning. ... more   less 
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