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Matamata Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 136 photos
My local town of Matamata. This region is reknown for its rich green pastures and lovely green hues. It is here, where the most efficient conversion is performed of grass to milk!! The cows never have time indoors, they remain in the fields all year round.
Matamata the name is a Maori word and closely translates to "headland", referring to many years ago being surrounded by the Waitoa River and swampland. Back in 1830 when Maori Chief Te Waharoa built his Matamata Pa (fortress/village). I suppose you could say the building of the Railway station in 1885 was the birth of the town of Matamata. The population is difficult to state, but is around 6000 in town with a further 4-5000 in surrounding rural areas. A true heartland Waikato town that services a far wider area.
Be sure to view my travelogues to find out more about things around and about, such as the Opal Hot Springs.
Matamata was the host town to the filming of part of the movie trilogy, Lord of the Rings. The area was perfect for Tolkien's Shire of Middle Earth. So Hobbiton was built here and the town of Hobbits was formed.
Wairere Falls sit nestled in the lovely Kaimai Range to the East of Matamata town. There is a walking track to climb up to the falls, which is a pleasant mid-range afternoon or morning walk. You can walk to the base of the falls, and see them from the same viewpoint as this photo. That is roughly 80 mins return to the carpark. Or you can take the longer walk to the top of the falls and view over the top to the Bay of Plenty.
- Pros:Only 2 hours from Auckland and 45 mins from the coast.
- Cons:Too far from the coast. Foggy in the winter.
- In a nutshell:Central and handy to access many interesting towns.
I had wanted breakfast but they only do that Saturday mornings. So I had very nice espresso and pecan tart. The... more travel advice
Walking up to the Wairere Falls can be quite hazardous if there has been a lot of rain in the preceding days. This means... more travel advice
Written Aug 23, 2004
Bush Walk to Wairere Falls
Written Mar 17, 2012
Opal Hot Springs
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