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Te Mata Lodge

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our second visit, this time in the 2-bedroom cottage - the children loved hunting for gold in the creek, and the trampoline and swings were great. Cottage is a traditional bach, lovely and clean, all amenities provided, and comfy beds with fresh clean linen. Such a beautiful location, so peaceful! We'll be back again, I'm sure. Thanks so...

Thank melk394
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely location and helpful owners. Cottage well equipped and comfortable. Very quiet. Unpaved track although steep was not a problem. Would have liked to stay longer and swim in the pool. Good starting point to explore the area.

Thank olddht
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Many of our guests tell us how well equipped our Cottage & Chalet kitchens are, so thanks for that comment. If finance allows, this year we hope to develop our system of tracks further which will include the addition of stairs, so DO come again, and you next time you MUST try a swim in the...

cheshire uk
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We stayed in one of the small chalets just up the track from the main house. It was in a very pretty setting and we enjoyed the peace and privacy there. I also liked having a bedroom which was separate from the living area as I sometimes like to go to bed earlier. The chalet was equipped with everything we...

Thank jane f
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your detailed description of our property and accommodation. Thanks too for your honest and fair comparison with all the other wonderful places you stayed during your visit to NZ. Please DO plan to come again! Blessings.

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Our third time in this beautiful paradise! Because of our previous great experience with the place, this time we have shared this magical place with our friends. We had an amazing 3 beautiful days enjoying the beauty of this place-very quiet and relaxing, clean and comfortable accommodation, large grounds, native bush, clean river, great bush walk and a very friendly...

Thank Andrea E
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

What can I say??? We simply love seeing guests like yourselves return time and time again and more and more becoming our friends! To host over 20 of your friends and family for the long holiday weekend, playing volleyball on the field, swimming and kayaking in the river, sharing meals together truly makes all our efforts worthwhile! See you next...

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Dorothy and Murray and family at Te Mata lodge nr Thames Off the beaten track down a private drive to the river Tiny private chalet v small and cosy Comfy bed with single bed in the roof space 2 gas rings and basic kitchen facilities Lovely riverside location Good base for exploring the Coromandel peninsula Hosts friendly and welcoming

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us! Our future guests often say they read these reviews before booking. You're right about the size of our two Chalets... maybe we could rename them "Tiny Houses" and so better reflect exactly what they are. Blessings.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Welcoming staff, lovely location, peaceful and quiet with brilliant starry sky at night. The cabin was clean, tidy and comfortable for the whole family. The private river and beach with free kayaks and birds calling was great fun too. Would love to visit again!

Thank richardandpenny
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

We certainly would love you to visit again! Thanks for the great review, we're so pleased you were able to "tune into" the sounds & sights of nature that are readily available onsite. The other day we had guests explore our river bank after dark. To their delight they found that our small colony of glow worms (approx. 20) have...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

We found Te Mata Lodge on bookings com We were delighted with the beautiful tranquil setting. Jovana and family are very friendly and such wonderful hosts. Our accommodation had everything and was so comfy. The surrounding grounds are gorgeous and the little river for kayaking was wonderful. Within driving distance of so many beautiful spots to visit Highly recommend this...

Thank charmy68
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind review. We were absolutely delighted to have been part of your 1st trip to NZ and DO hope you make it back this way! Blessings.

Whakatane, New Zealand
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Our trip started with a warm welcome and a tour of the grounds with info as to what further things were available. The room info book was very informative. The lodge family were very friendly and you were always greeted with a smile. The swimming hole was just divine and all of us played on the kayaks. The rooms were...

Thank sharoneverett79
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for the review... Ah yes, we were very pleased to be able to accommodate your parents in their camper van! DO return and enjoy all we have to offer, including hunting for that elusive gold nugget :) Blessings.

Reviewed 20 January 2017

We stayed here with our 13 and 10 year old daughters. It was the best way to start our holiday. You feel part of the river and bush and have the perfect mix of relaxing and doing. Really well appointed chalet - complete with an amazing dawn chorus. Swim holes were great! What we really loved was exploring up river,...

Thank oceansuz
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review!!! It genuinely warmed our heart and put a smile on our faces. To hear of folk abandoning technology, losing track of time, allowing their senses to come alive; to hear, see, feel, taste and smell is absolutely outstanding... and to hear that in so doing your family were able to truly bond, makes all our efforts...

Katikati, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We love this place and can't wait to go back. Love the cabin, love the bush, love the swimming hole. Murray and Dorothy and their team are pretty cool too. One of our favourite places to stay. I can understand why so many people rate Te Mata Lodge as excellent. And seriously, the driveway is not a problem, if you...

Thank RobHoldingNZ
Thames-Coaster, Owner at Te Mata Lodge, responded to this review

We're very grateful for your review and advice to our future guests, thanks!!! Especially for our overseas guests... Much of our accommodation, whether self-contained or cabins, are very typical of a by-gone era in NZ pioneering history where very basic holiday dwellings were built in often remote, hidden places. Those that still remain are much loved, and were nicknamed "Baches"...

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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 

Additional Information about Te Mata Lodge

Address: 18 Eames Crescent | Te Mata Bay, Thames Coast, Thames 3575, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
Price Range: RM402 - RM467 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Te Mata Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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“Lovely for a quiet getaway retreat, but also suitable for the whole family.”
richardandpenny, 27 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We chose cabin 7 which is up in the bush with no amenities (toilet nearby) because it is secluded and it's as if you're the only ones there”
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RobHoldingNZ, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Simply get your groceries for your stay before you turn up to relax”
anthonyo1971, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Probably a room with toilet facilities is best, but if you don't mind a quick trip to the shared bathrooms, then go for that option.”
JanG406, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Cottages offer better family spaces”
agnesallen, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
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