Matamata Travel Guide

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Matamata Highlights

  • Pro
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     Only 2 hours from Auckland and 45 mins from the coast. 

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     On a rainy day, can't escape from sheep excrement on your feet 

  • In a nutshell
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     One Ring to Rule Them All 

Matamata Things to Do

  • Lord of the Rings Tour

    The farmer family are very lucky, after the Movie of Lord of the Rings the place is suddenly become a tourists spot, one thing to worth a visit the place is awesome the landscape is incredible the green environment is beautiful

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  • Hobbiton tours

    One thing I'd like to come and Visit New Zealand is to see this place of the Hobbiton where the Movie Lords of the Ring Filmed. Nobody can't come straight here without booking first at Matama town, After returning back home I wanted to watched the film again the Lords of the ring to see where we have been walking at the Hobbiton place

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  • Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours.

    This is one of those places that unless you have a real interest in the movies/Tolkien/LordoftheRings, you could have been unimpressed with the tour in the past but the new revamped movie set should be of interest to most. You do get onto a real working New Zealand farm, as a bonus. Tolkien wrote about a special place and it was found at Hinuera,...

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  • Hobbiton Tour

    Get to know in loco LOTRs Shire and Hobbiton. Hobbit holes walls skeletons are still there. A guide will thoroughly explain everything that went through since the location was found from the air. He will tell you in detail and exactly where some scenes were filmed, how many meals were served daily, the works taken to shape the hole town. To view...

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  • Visit the Hobbits!!

    Tours of the Hobbiton movie set depart at 9.30am, 10.45am, 12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm each day. You can book ahead or when you get there - we just booked when we got there, but were not there in peak season.Tours cost:Adults NZ$50.00 Children 10-14 NZ$25.00 The tour guides escort you in our courtesy van, which operates daily from the Matamata...

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  • Dance under the Party Tree!

    For those of you that are familiar with Hobbiton, then you will surely recognize this tree, which was known as the Party Tree in the movies.The movie set is no longer here, but you can visit the Hobbit holes, and also see where the movie was filmed and how some of the effects were put up.Here is a view from what is known as Bag's End, or where...

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  • Visit the set of Hobbiton

    During the trip to Matamata, Sarah and I took the tour to see where the Lord of Rings "Hobbiton" portion of the movie was filmed. Although the actual sets are no longer there, we both felt the tour was worth the money.It is a quite expensive tour at about $50NZD each, we did learn alot more about the movie and got to see some great landscape. The...

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  • Hobbiton Movie Set

    On a private sheep farm just outside the town of Matamata are the remains of the orginial Hobbiton village set from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. It is the only LOTR set remaining in New Zealand, as all others were destroyed immediately after filming completed. In fact, the Hobbiton set was partially destroyed before being saved. Thus, today...

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  • Firth Tower Estate & Museum

    Delightful country museum in lovely garden settings, attractive to both adults and children. $5 adults, $1 children, Seniors $3.A European Pioneer, Josiah Firth, built the tower in anticipation of war with the Maoris. However it never really saw action, but is one of the few architectural relics from the past in this area.Learn about early NZ life...

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  • Information Centre

    This is one of the door ways to the information centre in the town of Matamata. It is a "look alike" of one of the HOBBIT HOLES

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  • Tour to the Hobbit holes

    The Hobbiton movie set has been returned to its natural state, however the hobbit holes and some structures from the film set are still present.Travel acorss sheep farms and see the spectacular Kaimai Ranges to arrive at the ten acre site where Hobbiton was created for LOTR

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  • Drive or Walk along Centennial Drive.

    Centennial Drive is a picturesque drive through the town, quite like a park. It is popular for walkers, runners, and wedding photos, but you can also drive slowly through.The trees are gorgeous in the autumn, and lovely in the summer. There are picnic benches for visitors and locals to have lunch.

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Matamata Hotels

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Matamata Transportation

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    Rental Car

    by ATXtraveler Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Sarah and I ventured out on our trip to enjoy Matamata by renting a vehicle from Europcar in Auckland's CBD. It ended up saving us quite a bit of money not to rent from the airport location, because it was 10-15 NZD per day less than what we had quoted over the internet.

    We drove all around Waikato, which was a truly beautiful drive, and was the best transportation option from Auckland. When we entered Matamata, we realized that there would not have been any other option to make it down here to Matamata any easier.

    We ended up paying 135 NZD for 4 days rental, including unlimited mileage. Our vehicle was a Peugeot, and it ran nicely... with plenty of room for the two of us.

    If you would like to rent from the location in Auckland that we used for your trip, go to the website and use:

    Location Code: AKLC01

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Matamata Shopping

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    New World Supermarket

    by kiwi Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    New World is a chain of supermarkets and is the main supermarket in Matamata.
    I always enjoy to look in these shops when I go to a country. You get a gauge of life and it is always interesting.
    Open 7 days a week, 8am - 8 pm.

    What to buy: Apart from the need to buy food and supplies even while travelling, I like to buy small items that we don't get at home. And even common items such as shampoo, in a different language are fun to have in the bathroom at home!

    What to pay: Local prices.

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Matamata Warnings and Dangers

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    Storm falls!!

    by kiwi Updated Jul 13, 2003

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    Walking up to the Wairere Falls can be quite hazardous if there has been a lot of rain in the preceding days. This means the day you are there can be sunny and warm, but remember the water in the rivers is still flowing following the rain. Sometimes the track can be washed out.

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Matamata Tourist Traps

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    by John195123 Written Jan 18, 2005

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    If you do want to see Hobbiton, there´s a place in town you can go to get infromation, books, postcards and so on about The Lord of the Rings. It is easy to find, but I´ll try to find the address sometime soon, just to make it easier. I have all the digital photos with me, but 4GB of photos will fit only on a DVD-ROM and I can´t find a DVD drive. SOOOOOOOOOON!

    Fun Alternatives: Can't tell ya... there are those so die-hard LOTR fans that nothing will stop them. Go to Rotorua instead... actually Matamata is a neat town, so spend some time there.

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Matamata Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk up to the waterfall.

    For a short walk in the bush, going up to see the Wairere Falls is a pleasant experience.You can be up to the base of the falls and back to town in 1.5hrs easily.From the roundabout at the Eastern end of Broadway, take Tower Road. Follow that out passed the Tower Museum, and turn right into Springs Road. Turn left at the end of that, onto Old Te...

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  • Kaimai Ranges

    Coming into Matamata from the direction of Tauranga by road you pass the Kaimai Ranges and you can view the plains from this lookout.

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  • Tirau

    Just a few kms out from Matamata is a wee village called Tirau and the Information Centre there is in the form of a huge tin dog.

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Matamata Sports & Outdoors

  • Soak at Opal Hot Springs

    There are three outdoor public mineral pools, temperatures ranging from 27deg C - 40deg C. Also a private bushclad mineral outdoor pool and private indoor spa baths which can be hired.Swimming lengths all year round, or simply soaking in the hotter mineral pools for healthy bodies.Entry Fee - $NZ6 There is a resident swimming club.For $NZ1 you can...

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  • Matamata Sports Centre.

    Wonderful complex where you can swim, including a heated winter pool, Squash club and personal Gym. Squash courts, gym equipment, various pools.

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Matamata Favorites

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    Hobbiton

    by ATXtraveler Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Favorite thing: One of the major reasons you would be going to Matamata these days would be to visit the set of Hobbiton from the movies "Lord of the Rings". The place you want to start your trip is at the town information center, which has been turned into a shrine for all things Hobbit.

    The information center is covered in a hobbit like building, and is very colorful in comparison to the other regions!

    It is located at 45 Broadway in Matamata.

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  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    The Information office is being rebuilt right now, and will re-emerge as a Hobbit House, should be very impressive.

    • giampiero6's Profile Photo
      Oct 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      I just saw photos of sheep inhabiting the hobbit holes the other day...

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Oct 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      When they filmed the Hobbit last year, the entire Hobbiton village was rebuilt and is permanent now, the sheep don't get in the hobbit holes now :-) It's way more impressive now.

 
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