Matamata is a rural town nestled at the base of the scenic Kaimai Ranges...

It is well known for its thoroughbred industry, dairy farming heritage, and historic Firth Tower Museum.

Centrally situated, Matamata offers a range of walking and tramping options, golf courses, and an extensive selection of Cafés, and Accommodation options.

Hamilton is the nearest city and international airport.

Since the launch of the Lord of the Rings movies and the subsequent opening of the Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Matamata has become a vibrant visitor destination, attracting visitors from all over the world.

The i-SITE office serves as the departure point for tours of the movie set.




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Matamata iSite Gatehouse

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Ride of the Legends New Zealand July 2 – 7 2017

The Ride of the Legends 2017 is a journey from Wellington to Auckland between the 2nd and 3rd tests of the British & Irish Lions Tour. Raising money for Conductive Education the event joins two incredible sports together.


Venue: Bedford Park cnr of Tainui Street and State Highway 27
Date: Wednesday 05 July
Start time: 4.00pm