Local Attractions


Matamata has much to offer visitors to our small town. Here are just a few of our local attractions, just click on the places to get a glimpse.


Hobbiton Movie Set

Fully guided tour experiences of Hobbiton™ Movie Set, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Step into the enchanting village of the Hobbiton Movie Set, just outside of Matamata.

Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Soak in the natural, silky mineral water that has made Te Aroha famous for over 100 years. Relax and unwind in our beautiful wooden tubs that reflect our beautiful natural environment, nestled at the foot of Mount Te Aroha.

Firth Tower Museum

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Picnic under the venerable oaks or take a stroll. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings. 

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.

Wairere Waterfalls Track

Just 10 minutes drive from Matamata, Wairere Falls Track weaves its way through moss covered rocks and tree roots. Large round boulders form natural pools and cascading waterfalls.

Gliding in Matamata

Gliding is an amazing sport and hobby, suitable for young and old. Conceived in 1957 and born in 1958, Piako Gliding Club has a long tradition of enthusiasm and excellence in soaring.

Other popular locations:

Local walking tracks – Wairere Warerfalls, Maungatautari’s Santuary Mountain, Te Waihou Walkway -Blue Springs, Waiorongomai Valley (Te Aroha Goldrush walk), Centennial Drive, just to mention a few.

Great cafe’s & eateries to be enjoyed in the local town, and don’t forget to stop at the country markets on the 2nd Saturday of every month on the main street.

Relax in the beautiful Te Aroha Mineral Spa’s or the Natural Hot Springs of the Okoroire Hotel or the Opal Hot Springs.

Great for kids – Trap’d Escape Rooms,
Swim zone Matamata – local swimming complex 

Matamata Golf Club, Walton Golf Club, Okoroire Golf Club, Tirau Golf Club – all located a within 20 mins drive of Walnut Lodge

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