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Introducing Matamata

Matamata was just one of those pleasant, horsey country towns you drove through until Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy Lord of the Rings put it on the map. During filming 300 locals got work as extras (hairy feet weren’t a prerequisite). And now Jackson's The Hobbit is being filmed here – hobbits ahoy!

Most tourists who come to Matamata are dedicated hobbit-botherers: for everyone else there’s a great cafe, avenues of mature trees and undulating green hills.