Matamata, Waikato

Today the town’s main attraction comes from the film industry after a local farm became 'the Shire' in Peter Jackson' Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit movies

A statue of Gollum on Matamata’s main street tells you where you are in prime Middle-Earth territory, with Hobbiton Movie Set just down the road. With the perfect combination of hillsides and plains, Matamata, meaning “headland” in Maori, has its rural roots in the equine and dairying industries.


Don’t Miss:

1. Hobbiton Movie Set

2. Firth Tower Museum

3. Opal Hot Springs

4. Matamata i-SITE (Middle-earth themed)

5. Cheese Factory

6. Wairere Falls & Walks

7. Heritage Trail


For more information visit the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism website www.hamiltonwaikato.com

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