Visit Matamata, Waikato, NZ

Matamata is at the foot of the Kaimai Ranges, about 45 minutes’ drive east of Hamilton. A predominantly farming centre, it is also known for horse breeding and racing. Matamata is most famously the location of Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This stunning movie set is open to visitors daily.

  • Matamata’s attractions include hot pools, aviation-based activities, such as gliding, along with the famous Hobbiton movie set from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

    There are great places to stay in Matamata, including farm-stays, where guests can watch and participate in farming activities involving horses, deer, hunting etc.


    Accommodation in Matamata (NZ)

    Matamata has a number of motels and bed & breakfast establishments, along with homestay, farmstay and holiday homes for rent.

    Budget and motor home travellers can stay at a conveniently-located holiday park.

    Transport around Matamata

    Transport to and from Matamata is either by coach national service or rental vehicle. A local bus service connects towns within the district.

    Tourist Activities around Matamata

    The hills and rivers around Matamata offer some great walking tracks, including a heritage trail.

    Matamata’s airfield is a venue for skydiving, gliding and flying lessons.

    A thermally-heated swimming pool complex provides a relaxing break, day or night.

    Matamata is the location of Hobbiton, the Shire village featured in the Lord of the Rings movies. Now it is a popular Middle Earth-themed exhibition and park, open to visitors daily.

    A deer park outside the town offers a fun family experience.

    The local racecourse and golf course hold regular competition events.

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