THERE ARE NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES IN MATAMATA AND SURROUNDING DISTRICTS TO SUIT ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE
Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, Golf, Firth Tower & Museum, Matamata Racecourse, Tramping, Hot Mineral Pools, Boating / Kayaking / Jet ski / Cruise, Matamata Airfield, Arts and more.
Matamata (25min drive) & Walton golf courses (10min drive) are both attractive 18-hole courses. There are 7 golf courses within 40min drive.
The district offers numerous walks for all ages. The two-stage walk to view the Wairere Falls, which is set amongst the bush of the Kaimai Ranges. Each stage takes about 45 minutes to reward you with spectacular views of the falls and the whole district.
HOT MINERAL POOLS
Drive 20 minutes to the Opal Hot Springs or 35 minutes drive to the Te Aroha Mineral Spa Bath House for a private spa.
HOBBITON MOVIE SET & FARM TOURS
Take a guided tour to a working sheep farm where parts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the movie The Hobbits were filmed. See the Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon pub, the mill and lake and much more.
Visit Lake Karapiro 25 minutes away for a day on the water. Kayaks are available to hire on the lake or book a lake cruise.
A short drive for gliding and sky diving.
Watch some of New Zealand’s finest race horses train in the early morning hours.
Numerous artists in the district are keen to show their works.
FIRTH TOWER & MUSEUM
1.5km walk to get an insight into the area's colonial farming activities.