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.

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Broadway Motel & Miro Court Villas - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
9.40 174 Reviews
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,... (more)
Firth Street Mews Bed and Breakfast - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
Matamata
078885959
Firth Street Mews is an elegant and spacious bed and breakfast facility situated at 163 Firth Street (SH27), Matamata.If you are looking for a special weekend away, wanting to enjoy the thrill of the races, or keen to visit the world famouss Hobbiton Movie Set, then Firth Street Mews Bed a... (more)
Horse and Jockey Inn - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
7.40 251 Reviews
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. Share... (more)
Maple Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
8.00 11 Reviews
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 in... (more)
Matamata Central Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
9.30 180 Reviews
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 an... (more)
Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park - Accommodation in Okauia New Zealand
7.60 86 Reviews
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... (more)
O'Reillys Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
8.10 90 Reviews
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 to... (more)
Southern Belle Orchard - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
10.00 6 Reviews
RD 2, Matamata
078886412
Only 10 minutes from the Hobbiton Movie Set, on a beautiful feijoa orchard, our apartment is located at the far end of the property, so very quiet and peaceful. It has beautiful views over the ancient Waikato river valley to the South and West, where beautiful sunsets can be admired. You w... (more)
Tower Road Motel - Accommodation in Matamata New Zealand
9.00 270 Reviews
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... (more)
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