3 bedroom, large living room and deck with magical, ever-changing mountain views
Colin Paterson and Becci Flanders-Paterson
About Colin Paterson and Becci Flanders-Paterson
Your hosts, Colin Paterson and Becci Flanders-Paterson are both geologists by degree and naturalists by interest. Colin is a native of Invercargill, New Zealand, and a graduate of the University of Otago (Dunedin, N.Z.), and has practiced geology on six continents, as a university professor and consultant. Becci was born in Germany, is a naturalized U. S. citizen, graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and has worked in oil exploration and production in North America. We are co-founders and officers of a regional environmental organization, the Norbeck Society, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We are proud parents of five children, who have given us five grandchildren so far. We enjoy a variety of hobbies including gardening, photography, composing music, skiing, soccer, squash, tennis, and outdoor recreation.
Colin Paterson and Becci Flanders-Paterson purchased this House in 2015
Why Colin Paterson and Becci Flanders-Paterson chose Te Anau
Mountain Vista on Matai is a place to come to if you wish to find peace and quiet. After working in various locations far from New Zealand, it is a dream come true to come “home” to the southern alps. Proximity to the wild outdoors makes this a very special place in our hearts. We hope you enjoy the comfort, peacefulness and alpine charm that Mountain Vista on Matai has to offer.
What makes this House unique
On our first visit to this home, we were immediately enchanted by the picture-perfect framed view of the mountains from the living room and deck, with the ever-changing images created by the interplay of sun and clouds. In addition, this has brought us closer to family and life-long friends.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Sally April 2018
Would not recommend this property for more than two people. Was advertised as sleeping 8. We had 6 of us and that was a struggle. Toilet, shower, which is over bath, and washouse all in tiny one room. Double beds, not even queen size terribly uncomfortable. Lounge chairs and sofa uncomfortable. Rubbish still in kitchen bin on our arrival.
We were totally surprised to read Sally’s negative review in light of the handwritten note she left for us that said “Hello Becci and Colin. Please note your cutlery drawer has the front coming off it and needs attention. It was like this when we arrived. Many thanks for a lovely stay. Sally and Doug.“ However, the drawer was not broken when we left our home the same morning. We repaired the broken kitchen drawer at no charge to Sally. She did not mention the broken deck chair on her note, and when we asked her about it, she replied that it broke when a friend sat on it. We decided to withhold $75 of her security deposit as compensation, and it seems that as a result of our action, she decided to retaliate with a very negative and false review. Her review completely contradicts her hand-written thank you note and all other reviews of our property
Great stay with great views!
We had a great stay! The unit has great views from the doorwall and back deck. The views were ever changing with the weather including wonderful sunsets and rainbows after the rain. The unit had everything we needed. It was the only place we stayed that had a coffeemaker and not just a plunger/french press, which was nice. Very convenient for Milford sound day trips.
Very clean. Great instructions with some nice wine. Great location and good information provided. Helpful brother next door. We really enjoyed our stay and would gladly recommend or stay there again. Nice patio and view. We would like to meet the owners and thank them personally. Amazing landscape with a lot of great hikes and tours.
Awesome...gave us everything we needed.
Would not hesitate returning.
Home away from home
Relaxing stay in a beautiful home with a great view!
Wonderful place with everything we needed.
What a wonderful home in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Good central location for seeing Milford Sound and local hiking. The owners were so wonderful and easy to work with. The home had everything we needed for cooking and relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. I couldn't recommend it more!
Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park, the largest of fourteen in New Zealand. The park is recognised by UNESCO as part of Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Being virtually roadless, it is primarily accessed by float plane, helicopter, boat, and hiking trails. The terrane is characteristically glacial, with steep-sided, forested U-shaped valleys, grass- and rock-covered ridges, and deep fiords extending out to the southern Tasman Sea.
You will be captivated by the spectacular views of Lake Te Anau (elevation 202 m) and the flanking mountains of Mt Luxmore (elevation 1472 m) and the Murchison Mountains (elevation 2431 m). Te Anau-au is Maori for "cave of swirling water currents", undoubtedly referring to the Glow-worm Caves on the western shore of the lake. The lake is 65 km long, has an area of 344 square kilometres, and is the largest body of fresh water in Australia and New Zealand. The deepest part of the lake is 226 m below sea level, having been scoured out by glacial action in the last 1 million years.
Maps and activity brochures are available at I-Site next to Real Journeys on Lakefront Drive– highlights for the area are:
• Lakeshore walking/bike trail extending from the Waiau River mouth and floodgates southwest of town to the Upukerora River outlet northeast of Te Anau. Bikes may be rented at the mini-golf on Mokonui St near downtown, at Outside Sports on Town Centre (main street),and Wild Rides on Town Centre..
• Native bird park (free) including rare takahe and kakapo, along the bike trail south of town – check out the Department of Conservation (DOC) information center along the trail.
• Glow-worm caves accessed by boat trip – see Real Journeys on Lakefront Drive by Town Centre.
• Swimming and waterskiing beach by the marina near the end of Matai St.
• Hiking tracks – Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, Hollyford – see the Dept of Conservation for detailed information and maps (http://www.doc.govt.nz/). Make sure you reserve hut space early - bookings open in May. You may also choose to take day hikes on the tracks (except Milford), through spectacular beech forest with impressive views of the mountains and valleys, waterfalls, and birds.
• Milford Sound – 2 hours by road to the north. Spend a day getting to Milford and back (by car or bus), and make sure to include a boat cruise to the mouth of the fiord at the Tasman Sea. Even in rain, it is spectacular!
- Doubtful Sound - drive 25 minutes to Manapouri for cruise across the lake,bus ride over Wilmot Pass,and cruise on Doubtful Sound - 7 hour experience (contact RealJourneys).