Due to the recent heavy rainfall, a number of roads and walking/cycling tracks in the Waikato are closed. If you are travelling to or through the Waikato region, please visit Waka Kotahi’s Journey Planner website for up-to-date roading information and check the local Council’s Facebook page for the latest updates and advice.

Visit the friendly country town of Matamata, which played host to many of the cast and crew during filming. Dine at Workman’s café where cast and crew often ate after a long day of filming & take a picture next to the iconic Matamata i-SITE Gatehouse.

Matamata i-SITE Gatehouse, Matamata, NZ

Matamata i-SITE Gatehouse

If the aptly themed Matamata i-SITE gatehouse isn’t a clear enough indication you are in the right place, then the bronze statue of Golumn that sits inside the doors will be.

Whether climbing tall mountains in the Kaimai ranges to visit the spectacular Wairere Falls, or dining on Lord of the Rings inspired pizzas, the variety of activities and attractions in and around Matamata are enough to warrant your own Tolkein-esk journey.

Hot springs, artisan food producers and a rich pioneering and equine history can all be found within Matamata, not to mention a variety of boutique accommodation.

For a truly rural experience – opt for a "arm stay with a friendly local family and discover a small piece of farming life in New Zealand. In town motels are all perfect for family groups and those wanting to stay within the township.