Rose Cottage

Matakana Cottage Accommodation

You can't get accommodation any closer to Matakana than this. Right in the Heart of the Village this charming old world (circa 1866) cottage is one of the few original buildings in Matakana. A rambling garden with many roses provides a private oasis, yet very close to the Saturday Market, shopping, cinema complex, cafes and restaurants.

For breakfast, the popular Black Dog Cafe is literally across the road with the local general store adjoining. The ever popular Matakana Market Kitchen is just a short walk away, also the The Matakana (pub), The Vintry Wine Centre and Lounge Bar, Plume Cafe, Blue Ice Cream Cafe and Cinema Complex. No need to worry about parking for the market day either.

Comfortable lounge with open fireplace, functional kitchen with original coal range (there is an electric stove for the more modern cook). Two double bedrooms (one queen sized), a single bedroom, an attic with single bed, and a bed settee in the lounge allow for 6 guests, eg 3 couples, or 2 couples and 2 singles, or up to 5 singles each in their own bed. Old style verandas and outside seating complete the picture.

  • Two double bedrooms on the ground floor (one queen sized)

  • Two single bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one in the attic

  • A double sofa bed

  • Comfortable lounge with open fire, TV, DVD (digital free to air with Prime - bring your own sky decoder if you have to watch the match live)

  • Cottage kitchen with original coal range

  • Electric stove and microwave

  • Fridge/Freezer

  • Charming dinette

  • Outside table seating and umbrella

  • Washing machine and ironing facilities

  • Bath with shower over

  • Hair dryer

  • Extensive grounds with many roses and a good sized lawn area for games

  • All linen provided

  • Tea & coffee

  • Off street parking and garage

  • Walk to everything in Matakana Village - you can't get accommodation any closer than this location.

  • WIFI available at nearby Black Dog Cafe (also works in some rooms of the cottage)

The earliest photo I have is this one with rather vague date of pre 1900. Looks like some sort of working bee maybe for the church which was opposite and can be seen in the next photo. The Presbyterian church was opened in 1892 so I think this photo has to be earlier. Note the house is more or less square with just the front veranda and seems not to have a chimney although I expect the coal range was there in the kitchen at the back

The history I've collected so far is based on talking to Errol Jones who has also written a book on her family history (Shadows on my Wall) and Austin Smith who provided the photos. It seems the first owner was Lovelock and Mary Cozens who were married in 1859 and the house was probably built around 1866. Lovelock's parents (also Lovelock and Elizabeth) arrived in New Zealand on the Cashmere in April 1857 so the timing all fits. The house originally had a shingle roof which also confirms it being built in the 1860's as corrugated iron wasn't imported until the 1870's.

In the picture the chimney is visible as is the church opposite (at 4 o'clock in the picture).

  • Cafe breakfasts/lunch available right next door at at the Black Dog Cafe or a short walk to the Tuck Box, Plume Cafe or Matakana Market kitchen plus many other local establishments are a short drive away including Brick & Vines at Morris & James Pottery and and The Stables at Matakana Country Park

  • Matakana Village has its Saturday market, cinema complex, boutique shops, bars and restaurants.

  • 2km from Matakana Country Park, Matakana Gallery & Design.

  • Close to Tawharanui Regional Park.

  • Omaha, Leigh and other beaches a short drive away as also are Goat Island marine reserve for diving and glass bottom boat viewing and Sandspit with ferry service to Kawau Island.

  • Short drive to vineyards of Hyperion Wines & Omaha Bay Vineyard.

  • Close to Morris & James Pottery & Tileworks.

  • Local restaurants include Matakana Market Kitchen, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Wharf St Bistro, The Stables.

  • For the more active guests try Matakana River Kayaks, 2 local golf courses, local walking/tramping tracks, swimming/diving at Goat Island marine reserve or surfing at Omaha Beach.

Rates and Availability


Note: - the following rates are for the whole cottage.

Minimum two nights on weekends or extended one night option below

Minimum of four nights between 23th December and 8th January and three nights over Easter

Weekends all year and week days December through April
$200 per night for 1-2 guests for 1 bedroom & $25 per extra (room or person)

Xmas/New Year
$250 per night for 1-2 guests for 1 bedroom & $25 per extra (room or person) 

Other times
$180 per night for 1-2 guests for 1 bedroom & $20 per extra (room or person)          

Off season extended one night stay - for 1.5 times the nightly rate, check in early and check out late. Ideal for a weekend in Matakana when you don't want to stay two nights.

(*Special conditions may apply from time to time)


A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking. Visa and Mastercard accepted. The deposit is non-refundable if cancellation is made within 48 hours of expected arrival. Cancellation within 14 days of arrival, the deposit will be refunded only if we are able to obtain a replacement booking.
In case we have consecutive guests, please arrive after 3pm and depart by 11am. However we may be able to be flexible with times so please check with us nearer your visit. 
Maximum of 6 persons sleeping over.
No pets.
Smoking only outside.

2 Torea Rd, Matakana

021 908 015

We are located right in Matakana Village and only 45 minutes north of Auckland.

From Auckland

Take State Highway 1 (SH1) going north. On reaching the town of Warkworth turn right at the third set of traffic lights and head towards Leigh on Matakana Rd. After 10km you will arrive at Matakana village, turn left at the roundabout then after 50m turn left into Torea road and the cottage entrance is first on the right.

From Whangarei

Take State Highway 1 (SH1) going south. On reaching Warkworth turn left at the traffic lights heading toward Leigh on Matakana Rd. Follow instructions as above.

Rose Cottage Matakana

2 Torea Rd, Matakana

021 908 015

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