Activities to do in Matamata

Firth Tower Museum

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Picnic under the venerable oaks or take a stroll. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings.


Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Guided daily tours are available ex Matamata, The Shires Rest Cafe and Rotorua to the original Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The set is how you will be seeing it in the new films, The Hobbit. Tours depart from the Matamata i-SITE or from The Shire.

New Zealand Aviation

Situated at the Waharoa Airfield, the New Zealand Aviation trains for private pilots licences plus all other cortication required for CAA licences. Phone for an appointment to discuss your requirements.

Daily Trial Flights from $80.00pp.


Opal Hot Springs

Situated six kilometres out of Matamata, Opal Hot Springs is well known as a popular natural mineral pools complex. Offering a full range of accommodation from self-contained motel units to campervan, caravan and tent sites. All set in 15 acre park-like grounds, adjacent to Matamata Golf Course.

Piako Gliding Club

Up-drafts from the Kaimai Ranges create ideal conditions for gliding, making Matamata a world-renowned gliding site. Scenic flights are available by arrangement.

Flying Weekends and Wednesdays.

Swim Zone Matamata

All year round

Indoor Pool - We have a 25m indoor pool that is heated all year round. This pool is multi-use and has a lift for disabled access to and from the pool

Spa - Our spa is kept maintained at 38 degrees - the ideal temperature for a relaxing soak.

Sauna - Saunas are not only very relaxing and soothing after exercise, but are also believed to help ease symptoms of arthritis.

Qualified lifeguards - All of our pools are supervised by qualified lifeguards.


Outdoor Pool - Our second 25m pool is heated and located outside. It is open between Nov and March for the public and supervised by lifeguards.

Dive Pool - The 2.74m deep dive pool is designed for jumping, bombing and diving. With a trampoline and a bombing platform this pool is loads of fun for kids of all ages!

Matamata Gun Club

Matamata Clay Target Gun Club Inc.

Established 1904.

We can proudly say we are one of Matamata’s longest running active clubs.

We are set on park like grounds approximately two minutes from town.

Over the years Matamata has kept a high standard of competitive members throughout New Zealand on the National and International stage, producing Olympic and World Champions.

Our club rooms are always open during the shooting season and by request or appointment.

Matamata Gun Club can offer DTC, Skeet and Sporting Shooting at our complete facility.

Advanced bookings are required.

Contact Details

Mangawhero Road, Matamata