The Matchbox

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The Matchbox


The Matchbox is located 15 minutes from Waimate, 3.5 hours from Queenstown, 2 hours from Dunedin and 2 hours and 40 mins from Christchurch. It's just 5 minutes from State Highway 1 - so the perfect place to break your journey between Christchurch and Queenstown.

Small and perfectly formed, just like the wee box it's named after, The Matchbox sits high on the hills at 200m above sea level. The views stretch for miles - from the snow-capped mountains to the West to the rolling farmland of Morven and out to the pacific ocean to the East, and the vast pine forestry to the South.

Inside, beautiful bedlinens, leather seating, hand-crafted copper and timber touches and amazing tiling create a vibe of pure rustic luxury, with no expense spared. The bedroom, kitchen and bathroom are all contained within the same building - with large sliding doors opening out to the view beyond.

During the day, relax on the deck and take in the spectacular views, and the gentle presence of the Wiltshire sheep in the surrounding paddocks - the odd baaaa being the only sound to interrupt the total peace and quiet.

At night, soak in the hot tub and enjoy the lights of Waimate twinkling to the northeast, while the stars in the night sky sparkle from above. 

FROM $290 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
            Child Friendly
      Child Friendly

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.



244 Broad Gully Road, Morven 7979


The Matchbox is located 15 minutes from Waimate, 3.5 hours from Queenstown, 2 hours from Dunedin and 2 hours and 40 mins from Christchurch.

The entrance to the Matchbox is located at 244 Broad Gully Road, and is marked with a very large hanging macrocarpa slab with the distinctive name Ti Kouka Hills. There is a Canopy Camping badge attached to the fence below. The rapid number is 244, and the site is on the right hand side of the road. If you pass the three green containers and silver shed, you have gone too far.

The key is located in a lockbox on the back of the hardwood box just to the left of the kitchen door. The code for the lockbox will be supplied in a pre-arrival email 5 days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • Eating and Drinking

    The Matchbox is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your cabin kitchen. Your hosts at the Matchbox run their own farm to plate butchery and can supply all manner of purebred, heritage beef, lamb or pork for you to enjoy during your stay.  You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. Read more about the kitchen facilities under 'Essentials'.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, award-winning, fine dining restaurant Riverstone Kitchen is just 20 minutes away. Also recommended by your hosts, is the amazing Indian restaurant, Fishtail, or the recently renovated and refurbished Waimate Hotel. For something slightly more casual, The Barn is a hearty and tasty option. You'll also find takeaways such as fish and chips and Chinese in Waimate.

    A supermarket for stocking up on supplies can be found at Waimate (15 minutes away) or Oamaru (30 minutes away).


  • Things to do

    Relax in the wood-fired cedar hot tub and soak up the views. Enjoy the incredible views across farmland and out to sea. At night, spark up the firepit and enjoy star-gazing in the incredible night sky. There are board games for a bit of old-fashioned friendly competition too!

    If you want to get out and about locally, check out Kelsey's Bush behind Waimate. This is the last remnant of native bush in the area. The Whitehorse monument above Waimate has great views, walks and mountain biking. The Wainono Lagoon has a wetland walk with a variety of native wildlife to spot.

    Active types might want to ride a part of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail that starts at Mt Cook and ends in Oamaru. You can choose to do sections - and it's kid-friendly too.

    If you're keen to explore further afield, you can day trip to Mt Aoraki, Tekapo, and Twizel. Check out the penguin colony in Oamaru, and the fascinating steampunk culture in the historic part of Oamaru. Timaru has Caroline Bay and the Maori Rock Art gallery which are both worth a visit.

  • Your Hosts

    Adam, Karen and their daughter Mya are your hosts at the Matchbox. Named after a tiny house, that Adam and Karen lived in whilst teaching and travelling overseas, the Matchbox was designed to take in the incredible 360-degree views up and down the East Coast and out to the Pacific Ocean. The Matchbox became a year-long project, with Adam and Karen completing much of the building work themselves. Alongside providing accommodation, Adam, Karen and Mya farm fully shedding Wiltshire sheep, Speckled Park cattle and raise around 250 beef calves each year. Both with education backgrounds, Adam and Karen are enjoying the huge learning curve that their new direction into farming is and look forward to sharing their 'special place' with others.

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