Matamata

Matamata is a town located in the Waikato region, on New Zealand’s North Island. A thriving farming area, it is famous for being the Movie Set for the “Lord of the Rings”. It means “Headland” in Maori.

Matamata

Matamata is a town located in the Waikato region, on New Zealand’s North Island. A thriving farming area, it is famous for being the Movie Set for the “Lord of the Rings”. It means “Headland” in Maori.

Things to do in Matamata

Matamata is a fun place. It has a lot of activities to suit every type of travelers.
We have put a list of our favorite things to do


Featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, the Hobbiton Movie Set is a 1,250 acre sheep farm in the heart of the Waikato.

In March 1999, the crew began to create the movie set, building the Hobbit houses as described by JRR Tolkien. Nowadays 44 Hobbit Holes remain with the same fantastic detail seen in the movies. Guest can now experience the magical place and have a taste of the Southfarthing™ ale on the Green Dragon Pub.


The Matamata Heritage Trail links the towns of Matamata, Te Aroha and Morrinsville, showcasing places of historical interest like the Wairere Falls, the Okoroire Hot Springs, the 1919 bank building, the Railway Plantation from 1855, as well as parks and gardens on the way. It is 99 miles long (159.6 km)


The Wairere Falls are the highest waterfalls in the North Island of New Zealand, and a popular walking track that will take you through moss-covered rocks and tree roots. The viewing platform gives you an spectacular sight of the 153m tall waterfalls.


The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth to provide a lookout over the countryside. Nowadays is a museum that exhibits and displays the work of the Matamata Historical Society. The picturesque tower offers a look to the past of Matamata.


Hauraki Rail Trail

A cycle trail offering scenic views of the Hauraki plains, the Wairere Falls, the Firth Tower and some gold mining relics. Located south of Auckland and north of Tauranga, the Rail Trail is split into five sections.