Contact Sheila and John
81 Butcher Road
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Sheila and John would like to welcome you to Kowhai Lodge, a pet free home built in Matangi. Located 90 minutes from Auckland Airport and just 15 minutes from Hamilton city centre. A few minutes drive from State highway 1 & 1B, Matangi is centrally situated for Hamilton airport, Mystery Creek Event Centre and day trips to Rotorua, Tauranga or Waitomo Caves. Matangi is ideal for couples looking for the tranquillity of the countryside in comfortable surroundings; rooms have tea/coffee making facilities and en-suites.
|Type:||B&B & Homestay|
|Email:||Email this host|
|Phone:||64 07 8296 014|
0210 766 393
Total 3 Bedrooms
Total capacity for 6 guests
Dinner: By arrangment
|Breakfast:||Full (Continental + cooked)|
|Nearest Town:||10 km SE of Hamilton|
|Pets/Children:||Children welcome, Pet free home|
|Smoking:||No smoking on property|
Reviews: 27 reviews
"We very much enjoyed our stay at Kowhai Lodge and John and Sheila are excellent hosts. This is a very well thought out B&B property with beautiful grounds. It is very clean and tidy, comfortable and with minimal noise. We also very much enjoyed the breakfasts of bacon and eggs! We highly recommend this B&B."
"I stayed here previously and enjoyed it very much so this time it was an obvious choice. John and Sheila give a very warm welcome and it was a delight to catch up with them and enjoy again their hospitality and garden. The accommodation is spotless and comfortable and I have no hesitation in recommending Kowhai Lodge Sheena White"
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay late last year at Sheila and John's. To say they are the consummate welcoming and obliging hosts is an understatement! We 'lucked-in' too by arriving at Happy Hour on a Friday evening and were immediately invited to join them and their neighbours at the bar of John's hand-built, genuine atmosphere English pub. And even off that great start our stay continued to get better & better. Highly recommend Kowhai Lodge, and the warm, welcoming service provided by Sheila and John, as a great place to stay."
"Fantastic stay with these lovely people, very convenient for us we stayed one night. Both Sheila and John were great hosts, we even had a drink in the cute little English pub John built in there garden, which made our afternoon. We also had a lovely breakfast the morning we left. Not far to Cambridge or Hamilton. Would really recommend!! Joy, Don, Tracy & Murray"
"We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Sheila and John. We stayed two nights in a very nice and very well equipped room with all the facilities we could think of. The breakfast was great and very tasty. Shiela invited us for a drink and was very helpful in all respects: we were allowed to use the washing mashine, we were able to use their kitchen to cook a light dinner, indeed, we felt thoroughly at home! - In addition, Kowhai Lodge has a major attraction right there in the back of the beautiful garden: A genuine (private) English pub which John has built himself!"
"Looking forward to our annual trip South from the Far North. Kowhai Lodge B&B a must for us, always our first stop over. We are treated like family from our wonderful Hosts John & Sheila. After travelling the long distance to arrive at pristine, accommodation set in beautiful surroundings. Relax & next morning wake up to an amazing breakfast from Sheila.( You will be spoilt for choice). Kowhai Lodge is amazing value. Kindest Regards Trev & Kay"
"Amazing host's Sheila was up early to get our breakfast ready. Hubby packed his lunch. Evening meals were so so good. We have stayed here a number of times. Garden are beautiful native bird's. Will be back Sheila and John. Thanks Rosie & Tony👍😊😀"
"I stayed this week at Kowhai Lodge - a return visit as I had enjoyed my stay there a few years ago. Sheila and John are very friendly and I enjoyed chatting with them over the delicious evening meal they kindly made for me, as well as over the lovely breakfast. The accommodation is excellent, very clean and comfortable, and I especially enjoy the garden and the peaceful environment. They generously also gave me a plant cutting which I had admired and some of their home made jam!"
"I recently had the pleasure of staying with John & Sheila, when visiting from Scotland. From the moment I arrived at their lovely home I was made welcome. After a few days travelling it was so peaceful to relax in the countryside, surrounded by a beautiful garden. The rooms were immaculate, food was delicious and the hosts were very friendly. If I am ever back over in your lovely country, I will be sure to pay a return visit. Many thanks."
"Sheila and John were the perfect hosts and welcomed us into their spacious and well designed B&B. The bedroom was large and tastefully decorated, with an excellent en-suite shower room. We especially enjoyed the cooked breakfast each morning with a wide selection of fresh food. The gardens are stunning and not to be missed. We loved our stay here and hope to be able to return one day."
"we would like to thank sheila & john for looking after us so well,nothing was too much trouble for them.the accomodation was very clean and well maintained .kowhai lodge is ideally situated for auckland airport & many other attractions,we would definately reccomend this b&b& hope you are hungry on your stay,we look forward to a retun visit. ANGEL& G"
"We had a pleasant stay at Kowhai Lodge. The B&B is warm and cosy and the rooms are very neat and tidy, spacious and well decorated with wide range of complimentary tea and snacks to choose from. We were served with fine delicious full breakfast. Sheila and John are very friendly and approachable. We also enjoyed chatting with them and exploring their garden. We would love to stay in Kowhai Lodge again when we revisit Hamilton."
"On Saturday the 18th November my husband Barry & myself stayed the night at Kowhai Lodge for the night as we had a wedding just down the road. Abeautiful quiet place to stay. Sheila and John were some welcoming. Everything was so clean. Bed was ver comfy. Nothing was a problem for them They drove us to the wedding venue and picked us up. On Sunday morning we had a lovely coked breakfast and toast in fine china. Thank you so much for everything. Would recommend Kowhai Lodge to anyone who needs somewhere to stay."
"Such a pleasant stay at Kowhai Lodge. The property is clean and the gardens are immaculate. The room was spacious with a large en-suite. The full breakfast - cereal, fruit, yogurt, juice, toast and a cooked breakfast, was one of the best we have had while travelling."
"Kowhai Lodge B&B is located on 4 acres out in the quiet countryside near Hamilton and Cambridge. It’s only 90 minutes from Auckland and close to the Waitomo Caves. Sheila & John built Kowhai with the intent of making it a B&B. The rooms are large, very comfortable and well appointed. All have private baths. We all enjoyed strolling their lush gardens complete with orchard, vegetable garden, chickens, and soon to be grape arbor. They also have many native New Zealand plants on their property. Sheila and John are wonderful, friendly, caring hosts. We felt welcome and right at home! Breakfasts are amazing – Sheila had French press coffee, orange juice, tea, cereals, plums & yogurt ready and waiting for us in the mornings while she fixed our huge cooked English breakfast consisting of farm fresh eggs (from the hens out back), toast, hash browns, bacon, and sausage, all served on beautiful china. You won’t go away hungry!! We spent 2 nights with Sheila & John and never ran out of things to talk about. We couldn’t have asked for a better stay."
"Hi Sheila (and John) Thank you for looking after us so well when we stayed with you. It is one of the friendliest places we have ever booked and with the added bonus of a great location and home cooked food made with your home grown produce. I wish there were more places like yours to stay at when we go traveling."
"Kowhai lodge is a lovely property with pleasant home and comfortable, clean bedrooms each with own ensuite. John and Sheila very warm and hospitable, I enjoyed exploring their garden, could easily have stayed longer and would stay there again if in that area."
"I had the pleasure of staying here over the field days week, The hosts went beyond the call of duty to make my stay so relaxed and pleasant, With allowing me to set up training equipment in their shed for after work , to extra meals they were with out exception one of the most friendly and pleasant, obliging Band B that I have ever stayed at. To you a big thank you for every thing that you did"
"We had stayed here before and thoroughly enjoyed it, so came again with high expectations and were not disappointed. John and Sheila are excellent hosts, friendly without being intrusive, and certainly make you feel welcome and very much at home. The accommodation is excellent, with each room having an ensuite, and immaculately presented. Breakfasts are wonderful - better than we have at home! Thanks again for a great stay."
"What a wonderful place to stay for the weekend.Sheila and John were the perfect hosts.The accommodation and cooked breakfasts were superb in fact everything about staying at The Kowhai Lodge was perfect. Thanks Sheila and John for a marvelous time. Glenda and Doug from Tauranga"
"I travel widely on business through New Zealand, and can honestly say that Sheila and John are up there at the very top of NZ B&B`s. They run their business professionally, whilst their warmth and kindness shine through. Accommodation is immaculate, the welcoming cup of tea and fantastic breakfasts are a treat - it truly is a home away from home."
"Perfect location, facilities and hosting. The 10 minute drive from busy Hamilton brings you into tranquility. Purpose built, Kowhai Lodge is a home and purposfully restfull. Shiela and John are welcoming, intelligent and helpful. 10/10 indicates facilities and value for money, Shiela makes an amazing breakfast!"
"Kowhai Lodge is really a luxury BandB. Sheila and John are great hosts . They always make us feeling like home from home and we enjoyed our stay so much. Thanks Sheila and John for having a wonderful time in your house."
"The best Homestay we had in NZ. Wonderful hosts, they catered for all our needs and made us feel part of the family,we intend to return to them next time in NZ."
"As per James review - was an awesome place to stay, totally loved the breakfast! Also the host's were fantastic."
"What a fantastic place, coupled with the serenity of the natural farm settings amongst fruit tress and beautiful garden vistas. This charm and freshness is complimented by the five star quality rooms with seperate ensutites, which are impecable maintained and astetically pleasing. This charm and elegance can only be beaten by the host and hostesses, (John and Shiela's), Old English charm and appeal. It is refreshing to be hosted and treated with such regalia and the ability of the hosts to make you feel at home in thier beautiful house. The inclusive breakfasts are to die for, with a three course breakfast, continental, toast, and then followed by an awesome and delicious English breakfast of Bacon, Sausage, eggs how you like, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, with orange juice on the side and/or a morning brew. Sheila and John are the perfect hosts and the experience of their kindness, professionality, far out do the impecable quality and charm the home itself has to offer. Rating of the quality of this home as a B&B AAA+ or 10\10+. I can't stop raving. My rating of the hosts, to be honest how do you rate such hostitallity when words can not sum up how great Sheila and John are. Go along and experience it for yourself and you will understand what I mean."