We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Traveler (6)
Room & Suite (20)
Traveler (6)
Room & Suite (20)
Pool & Beach (3)
187 High Street North, Carterton 5713 New Zealand See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast Available
Non-Smoking Hotel
Family Rooms
{"scriptFlags":null,"containerAttributes":null,"containerClass":null,"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","moduleList":["handlers"]}}
Reviews (28)
Filter reviews
28 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews the owner unit mints bed bowl nz
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 28 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The arrived late at night without a booking. The name "Matador" is a bit strange for New Zealand but it was built in a kind of "Spanish" style (arches aso). But you could not ask for a more friendly welcome or a better room. Everything...More

Thank wadat1
Response from Steveh6137, Owner at Matador MotelResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to review the Matador. Your kind words are much appreciated.

Reviewed 22 September 2018

We booked this motel for an overnight stay at short notice and having lived in Carterton had no idea of the condition of this motel. It was lovely. So comfortable, and what lovely hosts. Will definitely be returning to stay here.

Thank 106emt
Response from Steveh6137, Owner at Matador MotelResponded 23 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We have done our best to upgrade the motel over the last 2 years and it is heartening to know that it is appreciated.

Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Super happy with a warm welcome on arrival, showed to our room where they had set up a portacot for our wee one and it was all made nicely! Very clean modern affordable unit, comfy beds and good internet connection. Also very friendly on departure!...More

Thank cj_mx73
Response from Steve h, Owner at Matador MotelResponded 22 June 2018

Thank you for your kind review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay,

Reviewed 11 June 2018

This motel has a dated exterior but the interiors of the 3 units our party booked have been upgraded - new bathrooms/kitchen/carpet/curtains/furniture etc., so the comfort level is high. The units are well equipped, the beds very comfortable and a nice touch was the heating...More

Thank Lovelybreak77
Response from Steve H, Owner at Matador MotelResponded 12 June 2018

Thank you for your review and it is very good to know that the smaller seemingly insignificant touches are appreciated by our guests.

Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Old motel which has a lot of money spent on it great location in town comfortable beds nice rooms great pool very friendly owners will be back lovely an clean spotless good showers etc old but beautifully restored

Thank Pat W
Response from Steve h, Owner at Matador MotelResponded 5 February 2018

Thank you for the kind review, much appreciated as it's nice to know that the old buildings still have a place.

View more reviews
Welcome to Carterton – in the centre of the Wairarapa. The Matador Motel was built in 1976 and like the name suggests the exterior design has a typically Spanish theme. An additional four Superior Studio units were More built in 2006. The current owners Cath & Steve Hurley purchased the motels in October 2016. Steve returns to Carterton after an absence of 43yrs. Situated only minutes from Masterton, Greytown, Featherston, Martinborough and a 1.5hr train trip to Wellington.. Carterton prides itself on being a friendly little town that offers a wide range of local attractions and the Matador Motel is just part of that experience. The Matador Motel is situated in the centre of Carterton on High Street and close to pretty much everything. Some of those attractions and locations include: - Take a 600m walk to the railway station and you are only 1.5hrs from the All Blacks or Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. - Carterton Events Centre, numerous pubs and restaurants are an easy 3-7 minute walk. - Paua Shell Factory is a 10 minute walk. - Clareville Hockey Centre is a 3 minute drive. - Greytown and Gladstone are a 7 minute drive. - Masterton is a 12 minute drive. - Mt Holdsworth is a 15 minute drive into the Tararua Ranges. - Martinborough Fair or Toast Martinborough are a 20 minute drive. - Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre is a 35 minute drive. - Castlepoint, Riversdale, Lake Ferry and Palliser Bay are amongst the many other notable places to visit. Less
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast Available
Golf Course
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Refrigerator in room
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$74 - US$91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wairarapa > Carterton
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$74 - US$91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wairarapa > Carterton
Traveler (6)
Room & Suite (20)
Pool & Beach (3)
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Greytown Hotel
30 reviews
8.22 km away
The White Swan
191 reviews
8.80 km away
Gateway Motor Inn Boutique Hotel
170 reviews
9.79 km away
Oak Estate Motor Lodge
65 reviews
10.06 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 18 nearby restaurants
Cafe Mirabelle
141 reviews
.37 km away
balter Bar and Kitchen
56 reviews
.40 km away
Indian Taj
43 reviews
.19 km away
Wild Oats
106 reviews
.14 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 10 nearby attractions
Cobblestones Museum
94 reviews
9.48 km away
Stonehenge Aotearoa
135 reviews
9.74 km away
Fensham Bush Reserve
22 reviews
3.62 km away
Schoc Chocolates
51 reviews
9.48 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Matador Motel staff and past guests.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Room Tips
"All rooms are behind the main building, so they are all ok."
4 weeks ago
Read review
"All on ground level with no stairs"
10 Jun 2018
Read review
"Bernard was great! We had a room at the back"
22 Mar 2015
Read review
"Not recommended for large vehicles"
2 Sep 2014
Read review
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing