Matamata is in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand.
InterCity has daily services from Auckland and Tauranga to Matamata.
- Hobbiton movie set (The Shire), 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, . Visit the Hobbiton movie set, used in filming The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You get a guided tour of the area, ending the visit with a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on-site. The level of detail will amaze you. $75. edit
- Hobbiton Movie Set - Take an early morning InterCity bus to Matamata for a cheap price (book evening bus back to Auckland) and from there book a Hobbiton Movie Set tour directly with Hobbiton Tours. InterCity Hobbiton day tours are available from Auckland, Rotorua and Hamilton. The tour includes bus travel with free WiFi, entrance and a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and you can explore the township of Matamata. GreatSights and Gray Line also offer a premium sightseeing tours of the Hobbiton Movie Set, departing daily from Auckland and Rotorua.
- Workman's Cafe Bar, 52 Broadway. Diner-style restaurant with cabinet food during the day. The area isn't known for great restaurants, but this place may positively surprise you. edit