The Cantabria Group

Matamata Country Lodge is part of ‘The Cantabria Group’, a progressive and forward thinking group of privately owned facilities. The Cantabria Group was founded in 1981 by Ron and Jamie Main. Today the Group is still owned by the Main Family who, along with a dedicated team of caring professionals, are actively involved in the day to day operation of the group.

Across three facilities The Cantabria Group care for 350 Residents and employ 310 staff, we also have a further 112 people living independently in Retirement Units (39 Cantabria Units).

Our facilities offer combinations of Rest Home and Hospital level Care, Senior Day Care and Respite Care and Independent Retirement Living options, in safe and secure Units and Apartments. We aim to provide health care that is accessible and tailored to suit each Resident. Find out more about our Aged Care facilities.

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Why The Cantabria Group?

We are a family owned company, where the owners work onsite and are in touch with their Resident’s needs. We aim to help people live healthier and more comfortable lives by providing the necessary care, be it Day Care, Rehabilitation, Rest Home or Hospital level care or in an Independent or Assisted Village Unit.

“Our lovely facilities are well maintained with beautiful trees and gardens. Click on the links and view our gallery to find out more about our facilities or come and see us, I am sure we will have a place for you or your loved ones.

Quality Care and Gracious Living for the Elderly.”

– Jamie Main, Owner/ Director

Two Other Great Locations

In addition to Matamata Country Lodge we also have two other great facilities. Both located in the heart of Rotorua, Cantabria Home & Hospital & Fergusson Home offer holistic care for the elderly.  For more information on these facilities please click here.


A Lodge Rich in History

Matamata Country Lodge was the original Matamata Maternity Hospital established in 1924. In 1992, Ron and Jamie were approached by the local council and asked if they would consider converting the existing building into a Rest Home.  Having been vacant for many years the old hospital was in a terrible state of disrepair.  On initial inspection along with the Mayor and local councillors, Ron and Jamie were confronted with a daunting task and almost declined.  However given Ron was born there he was especially fond of the building and the grand restoration project was accepted.

Once the building had been restored to its former glory, an open day was organised and the response from the Matamata Community was unbelievable.  We often have Staff, Residents and their Families returning to the place they were born.

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