Matamata Campervan Hire Holiday

Matamata is set in the idyllic heartland of the Waikato which found fame as the rural landscape and hobbit holes of filmmaker Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Tours are taken over the farm to see sites where the trilogy was filmed and personalised accounts are given of the interesting relationship between these rolling hills and Hollywood.

Hobbits aside, Matamata is best known by most New Zealanders for its thoroughbred race horses. Stud tours are available for those who want to learn more about the industry, or those keen can visit Matamata’s all-weather training track early in the morning to catch a glimpse of some of New Zealand’s finest race horses. Another popular attraction is the three-storey blockhouse built by an early landowner in 1881, it’s a reminder of early settlers’ insecurity, following the New Zealand Wars. These days it is part of the Firth Tower Historical Museum, an excellent interactive experience ideal for families, sited on the Firth family homestead built in 1902.

Matamata is within easy reach of the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park where there are several good walks including the two-hour track leading to the spectacular 153 metre high Wairere Falls. To wind up an exploration of the region, there’s no better way than a soak in hot mineral waters. A five-minute drive out of Matamata leads to the Opal Hot Springs and Holiday Park, where three pools provide plenty of room.

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