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 isite Gatehouse.

Matamata i-SITE Gatehouse, Matamata, NZ

Matamata i-SITE Gatehouse

If the aptly themed Matamata isite 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 farm 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.