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“Very nice but not quite as expected”
Review of Riverside Matakana

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Riverside Matakana
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

For some reason we rather thought Riverside was a fairly small operation overlooking the river. It's not. It's big, with a lot of baches, not exactly intimate. The river is an estuary and not really visible. The baches are of a fairly cheap modular construction. For the price, I was a little underwhelmed.
That said, it was reasonably roomy and an OK set up. The orientation of the baches was funny with the bedroom having the outlook and the living area the hilside.
We cooked both nights and the kitchen was adequate.
The view of the vines and surrounding hills from the deck was nice.
If you have the right expectations you won't be disappointed. Not quite our cup of tea but one needs to be fair.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Recently booked 5 Bach's for a family wedding. The Bach's were spotlessly clean which is always a must on holiday. The Bach for us, 4 cousins was roomy comfortable and thoughtful. With a family size weber and picnic wine glasses for our outdoor use. Arriving at night the temperature was cool and the option of the fireplace was convenient and provided the warmth we were seeking. Other places we found warmth was through the staff. Reception, housekeeping, maintenance were all extremely friendly and helpful. The location is picture post card perfect.

There is a lovely small town a few minutes drive from Riverside Matakana. Choice of cafes, village movie theatre, country butchery and bakeries. The air is clean and fresh with the beach a walk away.

The facilities at Riverside Matakana are suited to children and adults with a tennis court, kayaks and the pool being heated too. I cannot wait to visit Riverside Matakana again soon. I would not hesitate to recommend this stunning relaxing and beautiful countryside of Riverside Matakana. Thank you Michael and team for the wonderful hospitality.

S. Cecil

Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

We Stayed for just 1 night at the end of the Labour Weekend holiday , deciding to stay to avoid Auckland traffic. On arrival we meet our host Michael who was very friendly and gave us a guided tour of the grounds before showing us to our Bach. What an amazing setup nestled amongst the lovely vineyard and olive groves , panoramic 300 degree views of the hills and beautiful inlet looking out towards Kawau. The bach had 2 x queens and 2 x singles in a seperate sleepout , it was well appointed with great bathrooms and a functional modern kitchenette. The lounge area had fabulous furniture and a gas fire to sit infront of on those winter nights with one of Matakanas many outstanding wines. Overall i cant say enough about the experience it was outstanding. We are already planning our return visit to Matakana and will use Riverside as our base for a few days most definitely , Thanks Michael for a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

The rooms have capacity for 2 queen bedrooms and a sleepout with 2 singles
Waking up in the morning to bird noises, kingfishers, rabbits, pheasants, looking over grapevines, and countryside rolling hills - what a wonderful relaxing start and finish to the day. Cooking facilities are okay, laundry in the units. Very clean and comfortable.the service is very good and we wanted for nothing. There is no restaurant facilities on site but Matakana is a short drive away.
Conference facilities were good also. And food was available for this- breakfast, lunch, dinner and mid morning and afternoon breaks. Tasty and fresf food.
We spent 2 nights leisure and one night business
This is not a hotel, it is cabin type accommodation

Room Tip: These are cabin type accommodation and all the same
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

We stayed here as part of a large group attending a wedding nearby. The best thing is the gorgeous surrounds - from the deck of any of the apartments there are stunning views of the New Zealand countryside.
The apartments themselves can be set up in such a way to suit a number of different sleeping arrangements. If I was being overly critical I would say the dividing partitions between the bedrooms and the main living area are perhaps not thick or solid enough for true privacy, but this may not bother some people. The bedrooms in the main apartment area are arguably nicer than the third stand-alone bedroom. Because our group had hired three apartments all together, it was great that we could easily socialise together but also have time apart if necessary.
The beds were warm and comfortable, the bathrooms were clean and supplied with sustainable toiletries. The entire property seems to have a real focus on minimising environmental impact, which is nice.
You can also use the tennis courts free of charge, and there are several pleasant walks from the apartments.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Riverside Matakana

Address: 170 Green Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985, New Zealand (Formerly Quest Matakana)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Matakana
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Matakana
Price Range: $266 - $323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riverside Matakana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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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