Middle-earth lives on at Hobbiton Movie Set.
Matamata
Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton - Waikato

By Alistair Guthrie

Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata
Matamata
Hobbiton Movie Set, Hamilton - Waikato

By Ian Brodie

The Green Dragon Inn at Hobbiton
Matamata
The Green Dragon Inn, Hamilton - Waikato

By Tourism New Zealand

Wairere Falls, Matamata
Matamata
Wairere Falls, Hamilton - Waikato

By Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

Matamata

Matamata is a must see if you're a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and enjoy the town's fabulous cafes.

Two hours south of Auckland lies the lush farmland of the Hamilton - Waikato region. famouss for dairying and fine thoroughbred horses, it's easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire.

Hobbit fans can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set on a guided tour; it has more than 44 unique hobbit holes, including Bag End (Bilbo's house). As you wander through the heart of the Shire, you'll get to hear the fascinating commentary about how it was all created.

Along your journey you'll see the mill, the double arched bridge and the famouss Party Tree before stopping for a drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Evening tours are also available, and they include a feast fit for a hobbit!

A number of great farm stays are also on offer in Matamata. Just east of town you can discover the North Island’s highest waterfalls, Wairere Falls, which are a spectacular sight plunging 153m. The Wairere Falls walking track showcases a diverse range of natural scenery and from the lookout you can enjoy magnificent views over the valley and the Waikato Plains.

Matamata is situated 2 hours' drive from Auckland, 45 minutes from Hamilton and 1 hour from Rotorua.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Broadway Motel & Miro Court Villas - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
Matamata
0508128128
Located in the centre of Matamata, this motel offers a swimming pool and a hot tub. All rooms offer a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is a children’s pool and a children's playground with a trampoline. All rooms at Broadway Motel & Miro Court Villas include a refrigerator, microwave and tea/coffee making facilities. Most rooms also include c... (more)
Horse and Jockey Inn - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
Matamata
Located in central Matamata, 20 minutes' drive from the Hobbiton movie set, Horse and Jockey Inn offers 50 MB of free Wi-Fi. The on-site family restaurant includes a range of gluten-free and vegetarian options.The carpeted rooms each come with queen or single beds and include towels. Shared bathroom facilities are provided, while some rooms include a private... (more)
Maple Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
Matamata
0800737676
NEW OWNERS AS OF Dec 2013. AFFORDABLE COMFORT .COMMITTED TO IMPROVEMENTS. NOW ON YOU TUBE.Maple Lodge has 9 ground-floor units . All with King and Queen beds. Sleep up to 4 persons.All with cooking facilities.Swimming pool, BBQ area, children's play area, guest laundry, Sky TV, wireless internet, parking for 2 cars per unit (trailers/boats). Continental brea... (more)
Matamata Central Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
Matamata
078809487
Matamata Central Motel is a 20-minute drive from the Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, where parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy were being filmed. The property offers free on-site parking and free 110mb internet access.Fully air-conditioned, each room comes with a microwave, a fridge and a stove. Amenities include ironing equipment and a flat-screen TV wi... (more)
Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park - Accommodation in Okauia New Zealand
Okauia
0800800198
Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park is 6km from Matamata set in 6ha of park-like grounds. It has 4 motel units (1 with access facilities), self-contained units, kitchen cabins, standard cabins, 3 kitchen cottages sleep 4-6 and 80 powered/non-powered sites. Hot mineral outdoor and private pools, barbecue and picnic areas are available. Opal Hot Springs & Holid... (more)
O'Reillys Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
Matamata
0800358352
Boasting a sauna, free Wi-Fi and free BBQ facilities, O'Reillys Motel is located in the peaceful town of Matamata. The property is 15 minutes’ drive from the film set of “The Hobbit”.Each room includes a kitchen or a kitchenette with a refrigerator, a microwave, an electric kettle and a toaster. There is also a TV, a seating area and a private bathroom with ... (more)
Tower Road Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
Matamata
0800656112
Just 2 minutes' drive from Matamata town centre, Tower Road Motel offers accommodation with a flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. There is free on-site parking with areas for boats and caravans.Tower Road Motel Matamata guests can enjoy a free private tour of Racing Horse Stables. You can relax in the motel’s gardens and barbecue area. There is a childr... (more)
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  • Tirau War Memorial Hall, Tirau, South Waikato
    Fri 23 Oct 2020 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Welcome to the $2 Book Fair at Tirau War Memorial Hall over Labour Weekend. We have books for both adults and children, both fiction and non fiction, with an (orange) interesting table and a (purple) more expensive ... more
  • Omokoroa Boat Club, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Mon 26 Oct 2020 4:00PM / Jazz
    Jan Preston Trio vist the Omokoroa Boat Club for Labour Monday with a brand new album and tour. Pre Sale tickets $30 + booking online or in person at the Boatclub - members discount for pre sales $25. Jan was always ... more
  • Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Waikato
    Mon 26 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    “He’s good” - TV3 “Very good” - TVNZ “He nails it” - Prime TV Two hit comedy shows, one hilarious night! DJ Trump: See public Trump at a rally AND private Trump in therapy! The Don's had a hard ... more
  • Old RSA Site, Tokoroa, South Waikato
    Fri 23 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Zirka Circus, New Zealand's household name circus, is proud to bring our sixth tour - Into the Future, features the world's first Hologram Aquarium! Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for ... more
  • The Boathouse, Takapoto Estate, Cambridge, Waipa
    Sat 31 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    If you love dressing up to the nines and donating money to a good cause, this is the event for you! The St Peter's Equestrian Academy is raising money for their Equine Assisted Learning for At Risk Kids programme and ... more
  • Artmakers Community Artists Trust, Hamilton, Waikato
    Tue 20 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Education
    AN INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN ART HISTORY: If you have always wanted to find out more about the major époques of European art and to identify major styles of architecture, sculpture and painting, this paper is for ... more
  • The Timber Museum Of New Zealand, Putaruru, South Waikato
    Thu 29 Oct 2020 12:30PM / Business & Professional
    The 2020 Forestry Symposium will see the launch of the Central North Island Wood Council and Generation Programme, alongside industry updates and insights from a range of speakers. This FREE event offers the opportunity ... more
  • Bethlehem Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 18 Jun 2020 3:30PM / Ballet
    Classical Ballet Tuition Grades and Vocational Grades Contemporary Dance for experienced Vocational students Experienced, qualified teachers, Yvonne and Peter Edwards ARAD ex Principals Royal N.Z.Ballet ... more
  • Trustpower Baypark Arena, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
    Wed 28 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Choir, Vocal Music
    We’re really excited to be bringing you a new show jam-packed with 100% Kiwi-loved songs, fronted by iconic Kiwi entertainer Jackie Clarke and musician Nathan King. This year’s Kids for Kids is all about celebrating ... more
  • Artmakers Community Artists Trust, Hamilton, Waikato
    Wed 21 Oct 2020 11:00AM / Education
    Sex used to be the great taboo. Up until the modern era, open talk related to the subject of sexuality was actively frowned upon. The subject of death, however was freely canvased. This situation has now been reversed. ... more
  • The Ambassador Hotel , Hamilton, Waikato
    Wed 28 Oct 2020 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    It’s time to get back to the core employer fundamentals and continue to run your businesses with confidence. In this free hr workshop, specialists from Employsure explain the changing legislation as we move on from ... more
  • Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Thu 29 Oct 2020 7:00PM / Dance
    Celebrating its 35th anniversary, renowned national dance company Footnote New Zealand Dance, presents Undercurrent: two absorbing new dance works that are rich in detail and grand in scale. Dive in and be swept into ... more
  • The Plaza, Putaruru, South Waikato
    Tue 17 Nov 2020 8:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    It's time to secure your seats to the ABBA show that everyone loves and adores! Direct from Australia, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute is back by popular demand after a sell-out mega NZ concert tour in ... more
  • The Plaza, Putaruru, South Waikato
    Thu 12 Nov 2020 6:00PM / Mind & Body
    To show support for our Rural community the Rural Support is putting on a free event with Special Guest Tony Christiansen. Tony Christiansen is a world-leading motivational and inspirational speaker. He is ... more
  • Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, Matamata-Piako
    Fri 6 Nov 2020 1:00PM / Markets and Fairs
    Morrinsville Record Fair. All sorts of Record Goodness. Jazz, Blues, Rock,80's Pop, Punk, Metal, Classical, Folk Big Names, Unknown Names. NZ Music, CDs and cassettes too. Multiple Vendors, No Eftpos. An Afternoon Record ... more
  • The Local Taphouse, Hamilton, Waikato
    Thu 30 Jan 2020 6:30PM / Quiz, Karaoke
    So you think you know it all? Get a team together and test that theory at The Local Taphouse's Quiz Night. Categories include General Knowledge, TV & Movies, Famous Voices, Sport, Movie Clips a Picture Round and a ... more
  • Cambridge Town Hall, Cambridge, Waipa
    Thu 19 Nov 2020 8:00PM / Literary
    A poet laureate, a storyteller, and a musician ‘Say it with Flowers’ on a tour across Aotearoa this November, brought to you by Arts on Tour New Zealand. In this travelling poetry and song cabaret show, David ... more
  • Kim Westerskov's Photo Workshop Studio, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 31 Oct 2020 9:00AM / Education
    Is your photography in a bit of a rut? Would you like to create some new and different “Wow!” photos? Would you like some clever new ideas to get “Honours” at your camera club? Want to try some new techniques? ... more
  • Artmakers Community Artists Trust, Hamilton, Waikato
    Thu 22 Oct 2020 6:30PM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    DISCOVERING WORLD RELIGIONS series: TERM 4: Intro to Buddhism This series provides an in-depth look at the world’s main religious traditions. Over an entire Term of eight sessions focused on a single belief ... more
  • Grosvenor Motor Inn, Hamilton, Waikato
    Thu 12 Mar 2020 9:00AM / Business & Professional
    People are different. Everyone has their strengths. Colleagues and clients have different needs, habits, values, and different ways of thinking. Inclusive Leaders bring out the best in people and they don’t need to be ... more
  • The Historic Village Green, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 31 Oct 2020 3:00PM / Festivals
    The creators of the Bay of Plenty Gin Festival are proud to present Oktoberfest 2020, part of the "Experience the World from Here" series that celebrates the food, culture and music from around the world from the comfort ... more
  • Te Puna Memorial Hall, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 21 Nov 2020 7:30PM / R&B, Soul
    The Packhouse Experience presents some of our talented local musicians playing a variety of original music and classic covers in different styles and genres. A show that builds up over 3 sets to get you rocking by the ... more
  • The Centre, Community Hub, Uretara Room, Katikati, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 21 Nov 2020 1:00PM / Education
    For Western Bay Residents Only. A home worm composting farm is a great way for you to deal with most of your kitchen food scraps and create rich compost for your garden. Come along to this hands-on, two-hour ... more
  • Avantidrome, Hamilton, Waikato
    Sat 21 Nov 2020 4:00PM / Boxing
    Anbf Australasian title :Joshua chucky Francis v Kyle Merewether 10x3 min Cruiserweight. Joel Nadin v Esene pona 4x3min Cruiserweight Mea Motu v Tania Reid 4x2 min super Featherweight Quintin Myburgh v Mahmood ... more
  • Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Sat 31 Oct 2020 2:00PM / Variety Concerts
    The Tauranga Amateur Variety concert is comprised of local musicians - pianists, vocalists, duets and small ensembles. The instruments are acoustic and the musicians range from intermediate to advanced ability. The ... more
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