An information hub for locals, visitors and business owners

Over the centuries many travellers have passed through the Matamata district some of whom have remained and settled here for generations to build the town as we know it today. Matamata has a huge selection of activities, accommodation, restaurants and cafes for visitors and locals.


With a variety of activities, walks and trails in the local area, Matamata caters to all ages.


Matamata has a number of restaurants, cafes and bars to grab a drink or a bite to eat.


Stay in Matamata for your trip to Hobbiton or next time you are passing through the region.

About The Gatehouse Project

To mark its association with nearby Hobbiton Movie Set, the Matamata Visitor & Information Centre was transformed into an iconic Gatehouse. Find out more about this exciting project to make the most iconic building in Matamata.



Matamata is a wonderful place to live and work. Are you looking for a group or club to join? Or are you here to find out what else in happening in Matamata? Navigate our community calendar for more information.


Chamber of Commerce

The Matamata Chamber of Commerce is a non-political, non-profit organisation which represents the full spectrum of business interests in Matamata and the surrounding rural area.

Matamata’s Past to Present

Matamata means ‘headland’. This was the name of a new pa established in 1830 by Te Waharoa, the famous Ngatihaua chief, on a ridge of high ground projecting into the swampy valley of the Waitoa River near Dunlop Road, a few kilometres north-west of present day Waharoa.

Support Matamata

Get involved and become a town supporter. Contribute towards community projects.


For Locals

Browse and learn about all the great businesses in Matamata, and connect with community groups and events.