Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous works of fantasy can enjoy a guided tour of the movie set at Hobbiton, looking out for familiar places from the big screen. See Bilbo's house, Bag End, as well as over 40 other fantastic hobbit holes. You can also see the legendary Party Tree, the bridge with its two arches, the mill, and the Green Dragon Pub. Visitors can also learn how the set was created and appreciate why this gorgeous part of the world was chosen as the perfect place for the Shire.
The area is also known for thoroughbred horses and the dairy industry, and you will see many horses and cows as you journey through the countryside. There are plenty of lush fields and rolling hills, creating both a pretty outlook and a peaceful atmosphere. Farm visits are possible, and you must try some of the delicious locally produced goods at one of the many splendid cafes around the town. Matamata is great for enjoying the highest waterfalls on the North Island. At Wairere Falls, you can feel the raw energy and power as the water cascades over 150 metres, and there are heaps of lovely walking trails to help you make the most of your time here. You can see far and wide from the lookout point.
There are several smaller towns near Matamata that make for diverse excursions, such as Peria, Te Poi, Hinuere, Wardville, and Walton. Combine nature and fantasy with a memorable trip. Check out our flights to Rotorua, flights to Hamilton, and hotels in Matamata for a brilliant family holiday.
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