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Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany

 Gorgeous tranquil property with everything you need for a quiet relaxing getaway! Will definitely go back again in the near future. 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany

 The cottage was perfect for our stay. Location is idyllic, of course, and the views to die for. Bed, super comfortable, and linens were all very high quality. The design of the cottage, built by the owners, is extremely clever, making great use of windows and half-lights over the bed so you get stunning views, light from all 4 aspects into one space, and yet total privacy. The fold back windows mean you get to bring the outside in: a great viewing place to watch the fantails! Delightful! 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany

 Perfect for couples wanting a quiet weekend getaway. My wife and I came back to stay at Kotare Cottage again, and it was as wonderful as ever. We enjoyed the perfect, private and quiet setting, it felt worlds away from the city noise yet just a few minutes drive to Matakana village. Go early to the market Sat morning to get the fantastic fresh local produce, then head back to the cottage to prepare the feast and enjoy with some feijoa wine to top it off. Heavenly - we'll be back for sure! 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany

 We loved the cottage with its unique rural quiet location yet only 10 mintes car ride to Matakana.Its a foodie heaven with superb restaurants nearby.We swam and picnicked at so many choices of beaches everyday.Want to return as we stayed mid week n missed the Saturday markets 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany

 very private & amazing views. 

Matakana - A Touch of Tuscany

 Outstanding views, lovely private space and excellent proximity to all attractions without being in the main center of matakana.