Attractions

Film Location in Matamata

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Due to copyright, all the movie sets around NZ were dismantled after the filming of The Lord of the Rings, but Hobbiton’s owners negotiated to keep their hobbit holes, which were then rebuilt for the filming of The …
Museum in Matamata

Firth Tower

Firth Tower was built by Auckland businessman Josiah Firth in 1882. The 18m concrete tower was then a fashionable status symbol; now it’s filled with Māori and pioneer artefacts. Ten other historic buildings are set…
Waterfall in Matamata

Wairere Falls

About 15km northeast of Matamata are the spectacular 153m Wairere Falls, the highest on the North Island. From the car park it’s a 45-minute walk through native bush to the lookout or a steep 1½-hour climb to the su…