Takatu Lodge & Vineyard is a boutique retreat in Matakana Wine Country, with just four exclusive individually designed suites overlooking Lake Matakana from its slightly elevated perch, meaning panoramic views that can be enjoyed out on the terrace or through huge floor-to-ceiling windows, in each of the rooms.
And in pleasant contrast to that remote countryside setting, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard is actually a very modern – albeit modest – property, clad in contemporary-cool décor throughout, rattan furniture and modern art pieces.
This, combined with more natural elements such as vaulted wooden ceilings, fireplaces and exposed stone, all adds up to an enticing North Island wine lodge stay that fits right into its rural setting.
Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, however, is the level of hospitality and personal service that you’ll find here. This comes courtesy of the owners and their team who are always on hand to serve up your gourmet meal, take you on a wine tour or simply socialise in the evening over a good glass of red. It’s intimacy personified, from the tailored menus to being on first-name terms with the team; Takatu Lodge & Vineyard is all about that personal touch.
There are no resort-style facilities here and the lodge benefits from it as a result, leaving little choice but to enjoy the grounds, or head out on a bike ride or foodie tour, making Takatu Lodge & Vineyard a wonderful place to spend your time in Matakana Wine Country – even if only stopping over when visiting the Bay of Islands.
Takatu Lodge & Vineyard has just four bespoke suites available, each with its own interior design, artworks and overall feel. And although the décor differs between the four, every suite at Takatu Lodge & Vineyard comes with a private terrace and vineyard views; locally made scented candles and organic toiletries; a super-king-size bed; double stand-alone bathtubs and separate rain shower; underfloor heating; yoga mats; iPod docks and all other mod-cons; a coffee machine; and complimentary minibar.
Restaurants & Bars
The food at Takatu Lodge & Vineyard is another highlight of any stay – always fresh and locally sourced – meaning mealtimes are unashamedly robust affairs of seasonal produce that showcase the best of New Zealand. From your luxe breakfasts of fruit, organic juices, herby omelettes and artisan breads, to lunches and evening meals of hot smoked salmon and cured meats, homemade cheeses and pickles, this is cuisine tailormade to be accompanied by a quality glass of fine wine, which is in abundant supply here! If that weren’t enough, there’s then foodie tours and great restaurants all around the region too.
Activities & Entertainment
The Matakana Wine Country region encourages a gentler pace of life, so your time at Takatu Lodge & Vineyard will often orientate around vineyard tours and tasting menus, long lunches and countryside walks. Other activities include horse-riding, golf, tennis, kayaking and biking, as well as the Tawharanui Regional Park and surrounding coastline.
Takatu Lodge & Vineyard focuses its efforts very much on personal service, and making the most of the wineries that immediately surround it and those in the wider Matakana area. Onsite, any facilities can be found within the suites themselves, in the communal library, or in the restaurant area, though nearby you can find tennis courts, bikes for hire, golf and more.
1/6 - Lodge Exterior, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, Auckland, New Zealand
2/6 - Interior Living Area, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, Auckland, New Zealand
3/6 - Outdoor Area, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, Auckland, New Zealand
4/6 - Interior, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, Aukcland, New Zealand
5/6 - Bedroom, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, Auckland, New Zealand
6/6 - Food Hamper, Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, Auckland, Australia
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