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.