Riverside 10th Anniversary


Riverside Accommodation in Matakana has a distinctly different feel than your average run-of-the mill weekend getaway. Imagine a private bure-style resort in Fiji, with stunning views worthy of the Bay of Islands, then add an architect’s modern take on the quintessential kiwi bach.

Hold that thought. Now Matakana-ise it with forty acres of rolling countryside, chardonnay vines, olive groves, tennis court, heated swimming pool and a pontoon stretching out over the river.

“There’s really nowhere else quite like it, especially so close to Auckland, and that’s part of the charm,” Manager, Michael Bolton says.

Riverside celebrated their tenth anniversary last month. Michael has been running the accommodation and conference venue for the last five years. In 2009 he was a guest and ended his weekend-break having purchased a nearby property.

“I’m very much like our guests. Once you discover this area you just have to keep coming back.”

What makes Riverside different is that all 17 baches are individually owned, but rented out all year round. Michael says they are booked almost every weekend throughout the year, mostly with visitors from Auckland.

“The attraction in summer is obvious, but during winter our guests tend to shop at the markets, lunch at a vineyard, visit the local attractions, and then snuggle up by the fire and watch the rugby."

Renowned New Zealand firm Architectus, made clever use of the 70 square-meters in each bach. Creating an open plan living area with two bedrooms and good flow to the outside decks and gardens. A separate sleep-out with two single beds is perfect for families with children. Prices start at $250 per-night for a couple. Having so few baches over such a large area, gathered in little clusters of four or five, ensures privacy.

“We also have families that book all the baches in one cluster and holiday together. There is plenty of space for the kids. Many people come back regularly and although they might not own the property, there is definitely the feeling that it is their bach.”

Michael left the city, and a career in marketing and advertising behind in 2012, but running Riverside keeps him busy. He says the Conference lodge is frequented by the who’s who of New Zealand business managers and company boards.

“Our motto is relax, retreat, restore. I’m convinced our guests look five years younger after a couple of nights at Riverside!”

170 Green Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana www.riversidematakana.co.nz