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Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Matamata
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Like most people (I imagine) we stayed here when we went to the Hobbiton movie set. It's about a 30 minute drive to the Shire's Rest. It's closer to Matamata where you can also get tours from, but from what we saw there doesn't seem to be much parking there, especially if you are in a campervan like us. Glad we went from the Shire's Rest for that reason. The campsite is nice enough, and the facilities were fine. The hot pools were an interesting extra which makes it stand out from your normal campsite a bit - the pools were very nice. It was also pretty easy to find, although it's a bit further from Matamata than you might think from quickly looking at the map!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We went to the hot tubs and they had a choice of just a private tub for my family or they had a communal tub. We chose the Private tub and we are glad that we did, the experience was a lot more
Pleasurable for me. The tub was heated to a warm temperature not too hot, not too cold and stayed at that temperature for the duration of the time. It also allowed us to have a private conversation where no other people can hear us. They charge by the half hour. They keep the time and will have a buzzer to tell you when time is up. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking to relax and take away all worries.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

The park is the only decent one near the Hobbit movie set, which is a 30 minutes drive. For one night, it is a good spot to stay. The reception were friendly and helpful. It was also busy at this park, since it was the All Blacks and Lions match, there were more lions fans with their camper vans. It was raining the whole day, so the ground of the powered sites of green lush grass once driven by a heavy van, turned muddy. One of the vans got stuck in the van but they had a mini tractor to remove your from your predicament.
They had a much bigger chlorinated pool 28-30 C temperature, one mineral smaller pool 37 C which is 1.40 m deep, and a shallow one of 39 C. There were lots of school children that evening which made it a happy place.
The pools are a bit tired, rough flooring, might ruin your bathing suits. The showers look tired and the hot water was tedious, especially washing your long hair. The kitchen was small, not too many amenities and some of the burners didn't work properly or at all.
The toilets are alright but didn't see any for the disabled.
It rained heavily that night and by the time we wanted to drive away, the tires were stuck in the mud, but they come and help you to get out of the mud, very good service.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Great place to stay. Handy to so many Waikato places of interest. We visited Cambridge Hamilton Tauranga and of course enjoyed the site hot pools. Dated buildings and pools but current owners making best efforts to make them acceptable including decor updates.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
Thank Merv J
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

We spent a night at Opal Hot Spring and the place we stayed was nice, clean, neat and tidy with bathroom attached. By the time we reached there, it was already late and near to midnight. It was really nice of the owner to wait up for us since we were the last one to check in that day. We didn't managed to enjoy the pool as we had to leave early the next day. Overall, it is a nice place to stay and highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank arngyc
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Additional Information about Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park

Address: 257 Okauia Springs Road, Matamata 3471, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Matamata
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Matamata
Price Range: $62 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Opal Hot Springs And Holiday Park 2*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP... Central location, 6km from Matamata set in 6ha of park-like grounds.18 hole golf course adjacent to the park. Thermal Hot Pools, Open all year round. ... more   less 
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