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Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

While staying at Matamata Backpackers we urge you to discover the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand.
Just a bus ride away from the Matamata hostel grounds, on the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will remain as it was seen in these films and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
During your tour you will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films.

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.

The glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves’ historical and geological significance.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.


Wairere Falls

Experience the Wairere Falls with the Matamata Hostel team! Located in the heart of Middle-Earth, a short drive away from the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Matamata Backpackers lies the largest waterfall in the North Island.

The falls can be seen from the Te Aroha-Okauia Road and are signposted from the Goodwin Road turnoff. In spring, watch out for the apricot coloured flowers of the taurepo or sandpaper plant on the rocky valley walls.
From the carpark a well formed track weaves its way through moss covered rocks and tree roots. It meets up with the river and bridges assist with river crossings. There is a steady climb up the base of the cliff where sets of steps lead to the top of the gorge. The track passes through a grove of nīkau, pūriri and kohekohe before leading to a lookout platform with a spectacular view looking from the base of the falls. The falls drop 153 m over the steep escarpment, which is part of the Okauia fault line.
The track climbs further with plenty of steps and staircases in the steep section. At the top of the hill the track winds through a rich mosaic of forest species with tawa. The track then branches to the falls lookout. From this point the return tramp to the lookout will take you 2 hours. There is a magnificent view looking back over the valley and the Waikato Plains.
Over the summer there are plenty of pools to paddle in and the track can be explored further upriver.

Enquire at the Matamata Backpackers font desk to book a ride up to the Wairere Falls in the hostel van.


Opal Hotsprings

If your tired after your tour of the Matamata Hobbiton Movie Set or the Hike up the Wairere Falls a hot soak in the Opal Hotsprings will reset you for the next adventure.
Opal Hotsprings have a 25 metre outdoor heated (27-29 deg) lane pool is chlorinated with a slide that the kids can have hours of fun on. The shallow end is fenced off for the safety of the smaller kids.
They also have two outdoor mineral pools (37-39 deg) to enjoy a long relaxing soak.
Rest assured that your hostel bed will be ready for you to have a great night sleep on back at the Matamata Backpackers.


Te Waihou Walkway (Blue Spring)

The Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway is internationally acclaimed with water so pure it supplies around 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

The Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring is located in South Waikato near Putaruru. With plenty to see and do in the South Waikato area you can easily make a day of it. Enjoy some local cheese at Over the Moon Dairy Company, take your bike and try out the Waikato River Trails, or do a spot of fly fishing in one of the many great waterways in the area.

Firth Tower Museum

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Picnic under the venerable oaks or take a stroll. Learn something of life in a more leisured age through our museum displays housed in 13 buildings.

Piako Gliding Club (Scenic flights)

Conceived in 1957 and born in 1958, Piako Gliding Club has a long tradition of enthusiasm and excellence in soaring.
Gliding is an amazing sport and hobby, suitable for young and old. Book a flight today!