Center of the Umaverse
Retreat to North Hokianga Harbour,  where your B & B in Umawera Awaits!

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24 entries on 2 pages
Rob van der Touw
03/03/2020 10:10:23 AM
I give courses in Northland and Hokianga. I have use Matt and Sue's beautiful B&B for my course participants. It has become one the attractions of the course!! Thank you Matt and Sue for being such great hosts!
Dmitry, Saint Petersburg, Russia
02/01/2020 02:38:39 PM
January 2020
Потрясающее место. Космические виды. Очень уютно и тихо, вдали от суеты. Мне достался небольшой домик, с очень удобной кроватью и всем необходимым. Все очень чисто, видна забота и любовь. Метью и Су очень дружелюбные и жизнерадостные ребята. Был рад пообщаться с ними. Их собака Хоуп это что-то. Это место - один из поводов вернуться в Новую Зеландию.
Awesome place. Cosmic views. Very comfortable and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle. I got a small house with a very comfortable bed and everything you need. Everything is very clean, visible care and love. Matthew and Sue are very friendly and cheerful guys. I was glad to chat with them. Their dog Hope is something. This place is one of the reasons to return to New Zealand.
William, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:36:46 PM
January 2020
Lovely place, relaxing nature sounds, thank you
Michele, Ettiswil, Switzerland
02/01/2020 02:36:04 PM
January 2020
Top Unterkunft
Dennis, Wald-Michelbach, Germany
02/01/2020 02:35:15 PM
January 2020
Matthew and his wife are great host. I spent a lovely and peaceful night at their farm. My cabin was great and very comfortable. There are a shared kitchen with all stuff you need to cook and a shared bathroom which is super clean. Matthew helps you every time if you have some wishes and in the morning you get a great breakfast with fresh milk. 100% recommended.
Wei, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:34:07 PM
January 2020
If u travel through don't miss out this lovely house,It is the best place to experience pure farm life,Nice landlord Matthew and his wife Sue,good breakfast, homemade pizza(u will never regret to try it),lovely dog,cat as well,room is neat and tidy, we may come back to visit again.
Carey, Algies Bay, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:33:01 PM
December 2019
A fabulous place to stay, extremely clean and each 'pod' is beautifully decorated while the room in the main house is stylish, spacious and very comfortable. Try Matt's delicious pizza's, you won't be disappointed. A great place to stay at the end or beginning of the Twin Coast Trail. Matt and Sue are very welcoming, sociable and generous and we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. They have a little piece of paradise and have created a magic home.
Jarrod, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:31:47 PM
October 2019
Matt and Sue were great hosts, I was warmly greeted. Beautiful tranquil spot to put your head down.
Mitch, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:30:58 PM
January 2019
Matt and Sue are fantastic hosts and have one of the most beautifully finished houses I've seen, and in one of the quietest parts of the countryside. They went out of their way to make sure our stay was comfortable and the property itself is perfect for relaxing and getting out of whatever busy routine you had before. Can thoroughly recommend a stay with these two in their home. Thanks heaps!!
Anna, Legana, Australia
02/01/2020 02:29:42 PM
December 2018
Our hosts were very welcoming and the facilities were craftily designed and original ! We had a wonderful sleep waking with the sounds of the country. Very peaceful. Matt, Sue and Fischer were very interesting people and happily shared their time with us, making home-made pizzas for our last dinner. Unique experience !
Hasan, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:28:10 PM
October 2018
Awesome little batches more like a tree house style nice and cozy, if you love nature this is the spot! Dog, Sheep and fresh milk from the cows you will love the stay here. Just 2 hours drive to Cape Reinga from here so easy. Hosts are so lovely and they love talking about local activities. Take your power banks with you as the rooms are eco-friendly with only solar lights. We are going to stay there again this summer <3 Cheers to Matt and Sue :D
Tom, Macclesfield, Australia
02/01/2020 02:26:44 PM
April 2018
The Center of the Umaverse is an incredible location. You will be surrounded by pretty rolling hills, happy livestock and lush farmland. Your hosts are very friendly and hospitable.
Nancy, French Polynesia
02/01/2020 02:25:48 PM
April 2018
This was our first airbnb experience and we could not have had any better host then Sue, Matt & Hope. First you get greeted with a happy Hope (the herd dog) running around and so joyful. Then you meet Sue & Matt, two beautiful human beings hidden in the middle of an idyllic home they have built for their family. Our bunch of 6 discovered the compost toilet, it was interesting with a barn smell, not too bad if you forget about the idea when sitting on the toilet lol! We loved the experience, sharing the kitchen, meeting Dumb & Dumber their sheeps, or their 4 Musqueteers calves. We relearned how to use water with more responsibility. The beds are very comfy and bathroom very clean, their whole home is sparkling clean. I can’t tell you it all or I ‘ll spoil the discovery. Overall great unexpected experience, with lots of warmth from our host and their little friends. Matt has funny stories to share and was very nice to arrange for a visit at the milking farm to get fresh milk which was yummy, unfortunately we missed the morning milking as we woke up too late. Thank you Sue & Matt + Hope.
Bruce, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:23:03 PM
April 2018
A wonderful place to stay. Off the beaten track but definitely worth the visit. Matthew and Sue were awesome hosts and extremely welcoming. If offered the opportunity of dinner or a cooked breakfast, take it, you won’t be disappointed!
Paul, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:21:58 PM
February 2018
very welcoming and thoughtful hosts. a great kiwi experience. just off the track; but the environment takes you to a world away
Susan, Telluride, CO
02/01/2020 02:20:54 PM
February 2018
Matthew and Sue have done a wonderful job creating this Eco Retreat. The small one-room cabins are strategically placed to allow privacy and views. Everything done is tasteful, simple and comfortable. We enjoyed an evening with them over home-made pizza and had a basic cold cereal and toast breakfast the next morning with fresh milk from their cows. The offer of a shuttle ride from and to Horeke is what sealed our decision, for as bikers on The Twin Coast Trail, we were not going to bike out to their place on country roads which are curving and hilly with steep drop-offs and no shoulders. Offering that shuttle ride opens up their place to more people. Thank you for a great, relaxing stay.
Larsa, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:19:05 PM
January 2018
Had an amazing time, great place if you want to escape reality for a minute. Felt comfortable and welcomed as soon as we arrived. The rooms/cabins were perfect for relaxing and soaking in the surroundings with a view right outside the door. Sue and Matt have some great stories that kept us entertained for hours. Perfect place to go in any season, 10/10 would recommend.
02/01/2020 02:17:57 PM
January 2018
Matt and Sue are fantastic hosts and their hospitality is exceptional. It is a great place to chill out and the eco pods and composting toilet are really cool! Would definitely recommend this as a place to stay.
Yaran, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:16:33 PM
April 2017
They have pretty decoration for the house, they are friendly people.
Jane, Auckland, New Zealand
02/01/2020 02:15:31 PM
March 2017
Matt and Sue have created something rather magical at their Northland farm. Their home and the guests' accommodation is unique and beautifully finished. I felt so relaxed I had the best sleeps in a long time. Matt and Sue are very helpful and interesting hosts, their dog Hope is just adorable (cats are cute too!) and the surrounding scenery is breaktaking. I wholeheartedly recommend a stay at the Center of the Umaverse.
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"If you need a problem solved or you need a place to stay with peace, quiet and tranquility, and want to eat the best food that can be gathered and cooked for you - stay at the Center of the Umaverse in the North of the North Island of New Zealand." Hilary Hetherington