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Only 2 hours from Auckland and 45 mins from the coast.
On a rainy day, can't escape from sheep excrement on your feet
In a nutshell
One Ring to Rule Them All
The food is fresh, light, wonderful, pleasant, enjoyable, I just love it!!!!
This is my all time favourite place to eat. I've been eating here on a regular basis for 20years. I just keep coming back.
Workmans has evolved over the years and at this point in 2013 these are opening hours:
Wed to Sunday - from 9am for Brunch
Tues to Sunday - from 9am to late for Brunch/Lunch/Tapas/Dinner
Feb 2013 also saw the opening of the new Tapas Bar, very vibrant and fun.
Favorite Dish: My alltime favourite item is the Vege fritters, the are "to die for". Not sounding really anything special, but just come to Matamata and try them, then you will know. These days offered as a starter, with the evening meal.
The pork from the menu, pictured, was mouthwatering. This is served with vegetables or salad on a side dish.
Updated Apr 14, 2013
Address: 52 Broadway, Matamata.
Phone: 07 - 888 5498
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
Written Aug 2, 2005
Phone: +64 (9) 3795080
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.
Updated Sep 27, 2005
Address: Waharoa Street East, Matamata.
Phone: 64-7-888 7703
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.
Updated Jul 13, 2003
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.
Written Jan 18, 2005
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.
Written Aug 2, 2005