Waiorongomai Homestead has been a much loved family home for over 90 years to the Matthews family.
We are excited that many more people will have the opportunity to create memories in this magical setting with friends and family.
The spacious homestead, beautiful gardens and the amazing birdlife cannot be done justice with words and pictures.
Family celebrations, holidays with friends, walking groups, book clubs ..... few places can accommodate so many people while keeping the sense of home away from home (with the bonus of tennis court and swimming pool!)
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"What an amazing place. Everyone from 5months to 70years loved the house, the comfy beds, the tennis, the bikes, the garden, swimming pool, table tennis, and on it goes..... Thank you for allowing us to enjoy it."
"12 adults and all our small grandchildren had the best holiday ever! Games and fun for the adults after their christmas feasting and tons of space for the littlies. Everything laid out for all the needs of a large family and the natural beauty of the place was a bonus overarching all... Thank-you!"
"The Homestead was perfect for our whanau get-away. There were a few of us - adults, teenagers, children and a wee 8 month old - 16 in total! The house and cottage fit us all comfortably and there was room for more! A beautifully kept home that had everything we needed. The weather was not the best but arriving to a roaring fire and a delicious carrot cake - what a welcome!
There was lots to do and lots of places to just sit and enjoy the view or read a book. We played table tennis & tennis and even managed a walk down to the river and the church when the weather cleared. We tried but weren't able to talk any of the kids into jumping in the pool! That's on the list for next time.
The Matthew's whanau were lovely to deal with. Waiorongomai Homestead is a wonderful home and I highly recommend. Did I mention the carrot cake? Totally delicious!"
"If you have a large group this is a fantastic place to stay! We had 4 families with 11 kids under 8 and it was awesome! The dorm room is great for the older kids and twin room or in with parents great for the littlies. Pool is fantastic and the grounds are amazing for kids biking, hide and seek etc. We also spent happy hours playing in the creek but there is plenty of room indoors should you need to retreat, which luckily for us we did not strike any weather forcing us to. Brilliant time catching up with old friends, thanks."
"Waiorongomai was the perfect setting for our family gathering - we were a group of 19, varying in age from 12 years to 74 years - the homestead met everyone's needs. Everyone was comfortable, it was beautifully clean and well kept, and the kitchen was well stocked with anything you might need. We would love to come back in the summer to fully enjoy the pool and tennis court. A stunning house, in a peaceful setting. I would not think anyone would go away from here disappointed.
The owners were wonderful to deal with, always responsive to queries and a lovely touch was the home made (and very delicious) cake left out for us on arrival!"
"A group of 14 Nurses from all around NZ, Australia and America stayed at Waiorongomai Homestead for a weekend to celebrate 35 years since we started our training. Everyone was just blown away with the House, facilities and surrounding countryside. We just wanted to relax, talk and reminiscence and this homestead enabled us to do that. It was fresh, homely and clean with beautiful outlooks to surrounding gardens and paddocks. There were so many bedrooms and bed configurations allowing for those who wanted privacy and to be by themselves to others of us who wanted to be with others and talk all night! The house was fully equipped with everything, we only had to bring our food, drinks and towels. The kitchen had everything you need! cooking equipment, plates, glasses, platters, great fridge/freezer space, large barbeque. Lovely magazines scattered throughout the house, fireplace with plenty of wood for those cold evenings, sporting equipment to enjoy a hit of tennis or table tennis, large clean pool to enjoy, lovely walks around the property and to the family church up the road. We also went for a drive to the coast 20 minutes away.
I would highly recommend this homestead for a get away with girlfriends, friends, couples, and it is large enough to enjoy family reunions or special occasions, It provides something for all ages! The owners were fantastic to deal with, I will be back! Thank you"
"We stayed at Waiorongomai for my mums 65th birthday and had 14 Adults and 10 children staying. Waiorongomai catered amazingly for our big family and even with bad weather we had a ball. Everybody can't stop raving about the size and set out of house, the huge amount of things to do, and thoroughly enjoyed the touch of luxury. (I soon forgot we even had kids down the other end of the house) We are now planning our return. Thanks"