We booked the accommodationfor three nights in January (we were in Auckland for a wedding). This is a very tricky one as I cannot quite make up my mind about what I think.
Our first slight dissapointment when we arrived was the gravel roads. The roads to the cabins (?) are gravel and very narrow and I certainly would not like to venture out late at night. I can understand it is in keeping with the setting - however I think it detracts from the five star award. Secondly, we thought we were getting river views and got views of trees instead. I was quite specific about the view when I booked so not sure if this is the best they have or perhaps it got lost in translation.
It was extremely hot while we were up in Auckland and the unit was swelteringly hot. There was no fan. Plenty of heating appliances but not a single fan. We called to enquire and were told they are not supplied. No ceiling fan and no floor fan. Insane to say the least.
Our neighbouring guests were very noisy every night (we were given an apology for it but that does not change the fact that we were kept up for most of the night).
The price - expensive. Quite far to drive for basics and the traffic is manic in peak season. Would I give it a five star.....difficult to say but I would lean towards a gentle no.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of 2015 Tripadvisor Excellence Award. Just one hour from Auckland and located 5 mins from Matakana Village. 17 luxury Kiwi baches set on 30 acres of vineyard, olive groves and landscaped grounds, this is a beautiful property in the heart of Matakana wine country on the doorstep to one of NZ's stunning coasts. Facilities are many and include, swimming pool, tennis and petanque courts, private boat ramp & jetty, with an abundance of park like grounds to enjoy. Or simply enjoy the expansive views from the North-West facing decks. Baches are based on the "iconic kiwi bach,"each with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious living areas, BBQ and full kitchen with everything provided. Riverside Matakana is a place where you can truly get away from it all, whether for a a romantic escape, corporate retreat, family holiday, or to explore the many activities and attractions of the Matakana region. The newly renovated and expanded Conference Lodge is now a fully featured, brilliant space, suitable for executive teams, strategy meetings, sales conferences, or as a venue for any event or special occasion. The Lodge has all the latest technology installed, complete with sheltered courtyard, breakout spaces, onsite catering provided by our caterer, with massive decks with views across the property and Matakana Valley. Riverside Matakana is the perfect place to relax, restore and retreat. ... more less
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