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Matua Gardens Retreat, Robinsons Bay, Akaroa  Five Star luxury accommodation where nature meets nurture.  International and New Zealand visitors enjoy genuine Kiwi hospitality in the Five Star private guest retreat attached to the home of hosts Sue & Richard.

Our Guests and Experiences

One Five Star retreat, many options.

Celebrations – Honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, proposal, life’s milestones

International visitors – Experience genuine Kiwi hospitality

Time out – Retreat from work, children or stress

Rest, relax and recuperate from illness, treatments and over work

Couples retreats – Get to know each other all over again

Nature lovers, artists, bird watchers and photographers retreat.

If you enjoy walking, hiking or some scenic golf, then this is an ideal base from which to explore Banks Peninsula  returning to the pleasure of a hot bath and a luxurious bed awaiting at the end of the day. You can put your feet up on the deck or by the fire with a beverage of your choice. If you would like to dine in make sure you let us know when you book.

 Five Star Akaroa Luxury Accommodation at Matua Gardens Retreat

Five star Akaroa luxury accommodation, Matua Gardens Retreat, Robinsons Bay for one couple –

  • A tranquil retreat best shared with someone you love.
  • One retreat i.e. only two people.
  • Super king or twin share available
  • No children.
  • Bed and Breakfast.
  • Dinner available.
  • Pre-booking for dinner essential
  • Private lounge
  • Turn down service, handmade chocolates and complimentary port and whisky
  • Free wi-fi. Computer. DVDs. TV on Demand. iPhone/pod dock
  • Luxury (full breakfast menu, pillow & fragrance menus, snacks, beverages)
  • Essentials (continental style breakfast)
  • Flexible check-in /check-out times
  • Owned and operated by hosts Sue and Richard
  • 75 minutes to CHC International Airport. 10 minutes to Akaroa
  • Specialise in made from scratch foods from quality local ingredients
  • Special celebrations – proposal, anniversary, birthday, honeymoon
  • Conservation programme
  • Tranquil setting
  • Open fire and air conditioning
  • Double spa bath
  • Large private deck and veranda

“Extras” can include: 


Sue and Richard Lovett are your hosts. We have owned “Matua” since 2001 and hosted guests since 2006. We are practical and down to earth and have a range of “projects” on the go at any time. Both “Matua” at Akaroa and “Beech Bach” on Stewart Island are constantly evolving.  We have an eclectic range of interests, including collections of treasures (or some may say “old junk”),  passion for our environment and wildlife (we’ve planted loads of trees and trapped vast numbers of furry things with sharp teeth). We’re well travelled in New Zealand and abroad and have extensive local knowledge. We love our food, grow a lot of it ourselves and cook from scratch i.e. hand made from real food ingredients with no artificial additives. We both enjoy a single malt, craft beers and good wines. We are happy to join you for a chat or leave you to relax.

Akaroa township and the Bays

Akaroa and the Bays is a small village on Akaroa Harbour just over an hour from CHC. A scenic drive leads to the historic village at the end of  SH75.  Akaroa has cafes and wine tasting,  quaint colonial architecture, museums, galleries, a boutique cinema, and shops. The area has dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, fascinating geology , sea and land reserves, a network of walking tracks and a scenic 18 hole golf course in Duvauchelle, and a sense of remoteness despite the proximity of the city.

Food & Wine

Lovers of fresh food and wine can indulge in a variety of cafes and restaurants from the ubiquitous Fish and Chips to high end dining and local wines. Banks Peninsula food is slowly being discovered. Olives, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meats, nuts, herbs and wines are available at the weekly summer Farmer’s Markets and in local stores.


Browse the Akaroa and Okains Bay museums, take a guided audio tour of the village, visit Onuku Marae or check out the monuments in reserves and along the Akaroa waterfront. From the bronze bust of Worsley, Shackleton’s captain to the whale tri-pots, the famous and infamous paint the pictures of days gone by. The peninsula cemeteries tell their own stories of tragedy alongside lives well lived. The churches are varied in style and form and have some interesting architectural features.


Water activities cater for all ages and levels of fitness. The more active can swim with dolphins, kayak, jet-ski or sail while those who like to sit back and relax have a variety of harbour cruises to choose from. Pohatu Penguins  and Akaroa Seal Safari offer small groups the opportunity to take a land based look at marine dwellers.


A vast network of walking tracks from a few minutes to several hours, offer access from sea level to skyline. Maps are available and recommended.

Geo-caching leads to places off the beaten track. The sometimes cryptic clues make this an activity anyone can become enthralled with.

The extinct volcanic crater contains some fascinating rock forms for the geologist and photographer. Many of the best sites are easily reached on public land.

Talk to us or the Adventure Centre staff for help with planning what to see and do. Just make sure you leave enough time to do it all.