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“The Hei Matau Lodge on Waiheke Island”
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Hei Matau Lodge
Los Angeles, California
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“The Hei Matau Lodge on Waiheke Island”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

My family spent one night at The Hei Matau Lodge. Peter and Fiona were wonderful hosts, we felt welcome and at ease immediately. The rooms and bathrooms are gorgeous and come with all the little extras that make one feel special. The ocean view is spectacular and the property is surrounded by lush greenery and even a beautiful horse grazing peacefully. The breakfast was to die for and our wonderful hosts had the table beautifully set up ready when we were. We so enjoyed our time at the Hei Matau and would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a luxuriously peaceful stay.

Room Tip: Room overlooking ocean on lower floor was gorgeous
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Absolutely delightful place. quiet private ocean beach, swimming pool and hot tub, views of water, beautiful lawn, impeccable furnishings, not too ornate, but extremely tasteful. Sorry for the run-on sentences, but I could run on and on about Hei Matau. The lovely owners provided food for the trip and great suggestions of things to do. The island of Waiheke is a perfect launch pad to New Zealand with its wineries, restaurants and local/organic flavors. Couldn't recommend the place more. We stayed with our three kiddies in the main house and it was perfect.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

The service and hospitality of Peter and Fiona was fantastic from our first point of contact to even after we left (a number of Fiona's recipes came our way). Hei Matau Lodge is a beautifully appointed property with expansive views of the Hauraki Gulf. We chose the romantic package as we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary of which all aspects were faultless and in particular the gourmet picnic hamper which had an amazing selection of goodies and our individualised massages. The breakfasts were a great start to the day and the pre-dinner cocktail nibbles accompanied by Waiheke Island wines were devine. It was also a pleasure to meet the other guests of which all were from overseas. Why travel overseas when we have this in our own backyard.

Room Tip: Our room was fabulous and would imagine all rooms would be regardless of location
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We could only escape for a few short days to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it turned out that a brief holiday in our own back yard (we only live 40 minutes away by ferry) was no compromise after all. Hei Matau is world class accomodation with the perfect balance of luxury and comfortable ambiance. The impression is one of being miles from any where whilst being just down the road from a thriving village, sophisticated or casual restaurants (take your pick), wine tasting, art, beautiful beaches, interesting walks (all levels). What more could you want? Peter and Fiona - perfect hosts.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Hei Matau Lodge to begin our New Zealand vacation.

Peter and Fiona are fabulous hosts. Peter picked us up from the short ferry from Auckland, and began with an informal tour of Waiheke Island. We then arrived at the lodge which is stunning. It has picturesque views over the water, and is delightfully modern with lovely amenities and a great design aesthetic.

The real highlight of the trip was Peter and Fiona's hospitality. Peter offered drives to and from the lodge for dinner, and the breakfasts and pre-dinner canapes were awesome. The breakfasts ranged from braised eggs with lamb, tahini, and sumac to a homemade smoked salmon eggs benedict. And the cocktail hour treats included delicious sauvignon blanc, zucchini fritters, lamb sliders, smoked salmon on blini, and spicy meatballs.

Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the Hei Matau Lodge. It was like visiting a friend's home, and one of the real highlights of our holiday in New Zealand.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

We spent an amazing time in this comfortable and homelike place. Food was excellent and people were very friendly. The gorgeous view, peaceful surrounding and comfortable rooms made our stay even better. Peter and Fiona were very caring and friendly. Fiona's This lodge is a perfect place on Waihiki island.

Room Tip: All are good and comfortable
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We recently stayed for our 1st wedding anniversary and were not disappointed! The lodge and property are stunning.
Every little detail has been thought about and you simply need to turn up to enjoy.

Peter and Fiona are very knowledgeable about the island and recommended a rental car so we could explore at our own pace, however if you simply wanted to relax at the lodge there is ample to do with a private beach, great coastal bush walks, kayaks, plunge pool and all the high tech gadgets we need for modern living.

Drinks and canapés are served at sunset on the deck before you are spirited to your dinner venue of choice so we could enjoy our evening out without worrying about driving.

Breakfast the next day is my only piece of feedback, perhaps a healthier choice of breakfast options would be a good idea for those of us that simply cannot turn down eggs, bacon and waffles!!!!

All in all a wonderful stay and I’m sure we will be back

Thank you Peter and Fiona

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peter K, Owner at Hei Matau Lodge, responded to this review, 17 December 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your stay. We are glad you enjoyed and appreciated all Hei Matau has to offer.Evening canapes and breakfasts are a feature at Hei Matau..Along with our world famous homemade Hei Matau muesli , fresh fruit & yoghurt we always tempt our guests with a choice of hot dishes to follow- one sweet one savoury which changes daily- alas not necessarily diet friendly!!!
We hope you make it back our way.
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Property: Hei Matau Lodge
Address: 20 Cable Bay Lane | Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Waiheke Island
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Waiheke Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hei Matau Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hei Matau is available for self catered villa rental only. Set in 7 1/2 acres of grounds with extensive native planting, Hei Matau has direct beach access to a secluded bay. Enjoy relaxing at the beach, taking the lodge kayaks for a paddle to explore the coastline or take the lodge's small dinghy for a spot of fishing. Award winning vineyards offer wine tasting, hiking trail, art galleries and world class restaurants all add to the experiencing that is Hei Matau Lodge.Depending on the size of your group you have the choice of the main house alone or main house with any one or more of the lodge rooms so that the accommodation available and cost can be tailored to your group ... more   less 

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