About 15km northeast of Matamata are the spectacular 153m-high Wairere Falls (the highest on the North Island). From the car park it’s a...
Opal Hot Springs
Opal Hot Springs isn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds but it does have three large thermal pools. Turn off just north of Firth Tower...
Dropzone offers thrilling gravity-powered plummets from Matamata Airfield, 10km north of Matamata on SH27.
Workman’s Cafe Bar
Truly eccentric (old transistor radios dangling from the ceiling; a wall-full of art-deco mirrors; Johnny Cash on the stereo), this...
Lonely Planet review
Firth Tower was built by Auckland businessman Josiah Firth in 1882. The 18m concrete tower was a fashionable status symbol, and is now filled with Maori and pioneer artefacts. Around it are 10 other historic buildings (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), including a schoolroom, church and jail. It’s 3km east of town.