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Matamata has a range of activities to suit all ages

Activities available in Matamata and beyond

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

In the heart of the Mighty Waikato region, you can explore the lush pastures of the Shire™ with a guided walking tour of Hobbiton™, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Find out more

Riverside Adventures

Riverside Adventures

Bike trails weave between the riverside and surrounding bush. On the water, kayakers can explore the breathtaking views and experience the wonder of glow worms come nightfall.

Hauraki Rail Trail

Hauraki Rail Trail

Relax and bike this simple journey past goat, dairy and thoroughbred farms.  As you approach Matamata look out for the majestic Wairere Falls – the highest waterfall in the North Island. Stop at the Firth Tower to enjoy the tranquil gardens and explore the museum displays.  A visit to Hobbiton Movie Set is a Must Do. Take a Tour, feast like a Hobbit, or simply enjoy a tipple at the Green Dragon Inn. Find out more

Firth Tower Museum

Firth Tower Museum

The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth to provide a lookout over the country side. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Take a stroll or picnic under the venerable oaks. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings. Find out more

Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls Track weaves its way through moss covered rocks and tree roots. Large round boulders form natural pools and cascading waterfalls.

Carpark to lookout:  45 mins one way
Lookout to top platform – very steep: 90 mins one way
Opal Hot Springs

Opal Hot Springs

Opal Hot Springs is a holiday park with hot pools that are open to all the public. they have 5 pools for you to relax in and enjoy

Matamata Racing Club

Matamata Racing Club

The Matamata Racing Club, located at the Matamata Racecourse, two kilometres south of the eastern Waikato township of Matamata, is a centre of racing and training excellence. Find out more

Matamata Markets

Matamata Markets

Enjoy the Matamata Markets hosted every second Saturday of the month. Find out more

Swim Zone

Swim Zone

A great option to take your kids for a dip at our local pools. Find out more

Fancy a walk?

Matamata has a wide variety of walks, trails and tramping in the area, ranging from easy to advanced.

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