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, historic Firth Tower Museum and magnificent Wairere Falls.

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 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 Visitor Centre serves as one of the departure points for tours of the movie set.

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Travel Distances & Times

Please note: Times are a guideline only.

To Matamata To Morrinsville To Te Aroha
Auckland 163 2 148 1.45 135 1.45
Cambridge 36 .20 55 .35 50 .45
Hamilton 62 .45 33 .25 52 .45
Matamata 35 .25 35 .25
Morrinsville 35 .25 21 .15
New Plymouth 280 3.40 265 3.30 286 3.45
Rotorua 72 .50 108 1.10 105 1.15
Te Aroha 35 .25 21 .15
Taupo 108 1.30 153 1.45 192 2.00

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