Matamata is a small rural town nestled amongst the beautiful, rolling hills of the Waikato region of New Zealand. Matamata was used to portray Hobbiton and The Shire in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and today you can take LOTR tours through the area. Matamata is located east of Hamilton City, near to the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park and the Waikato/Bay of Plenty border.


Matamata is a small rural town in the Waikato region. The green pastures and rolling hills of Matamata were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. more

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