501 Buckland Road, Matamata 3472, New Zealand
Hobbiton Movie Set
In 1998, Sir Peter Jackson’s team of location scouts were searching for the iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton™. An aerial search led them to the Alexander farm, a stunning 1,250 acre sheep farm in the heart of the Waikato. They noted the area’s striking similarity to The Shire™, as described by JRR Tolkien, and quickly realised that the Hobbits™ had found a home.
5B Boundary Street, Te Aroha, New Zealand
Te Aroha Mineral Hot Pools
Be the first to enter the waters of your own soda spa pool set in this most modern replica of an Edwardian bath house.
Choose a luxurious soda spring spa fresh from the mountain spring. Luxuriate in the silky smoothness of these therapeutic waters as they caress your skin. Flick on the pump and invigorate your muscles with an aquatic massage of bubbling air while you enjoy the timeless luxury and ambience from your kauri tub.
Each pool’s soda spa water is replenished ensuring your water is fresh and just for you.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from Matamata, the Wairere Falls is the highest waterfall in the North Island and a popular walking track in the Waikato.
The return hike to the viewing platform at the base of the Wairere falls takes about an hour and a half. It is an attractive walk along a well maintained track. Small wooden bridges take you across the stream at several points, affording lovely views of little cascades and providing opportunities to cool tired feet in the refreshing water.
The sight from the viewing platform is spectacular – water plunges 153 metres over the falls, before forming little streamlets that flow through moss covered rocks and ferns.
38 Silk Road, Okauia, New Zealand
Matamata Golf Course
The Matamata golf course is open all year round. It has free-draining soil meaning the course is playable within minutes of even the heaviest rainfall. The Kaimai Ranges provide a wonderful backdrop to beautifully maintained fairways and greens. A variety of challenges make Matamata a must for all golfers.
400 Leslie Road, Ngatira, New Zealand
Blue Springs - Te Waihou River Walk
The walk to the Blue Spring along the Te Waihou Walkway is an easy 4.7km , around 3 hours there and back.
The Blue Spring is only 5km North of Putaruru. Work started on the Te Waihou walkway in 1999. Over 400 students from the local schools in and around Putaruru were involved in planting trees on the Te Waihou Walkway. The water feeding the Blue Spring is from the Mamaku Plateau. It is only a short 13km stroll to the Mamaku Plateau but it takes the water 50 to 100 years to reach the Blue Spring. The 11 degrees celsius water flows at a rate of 9,240 gallons per minute. And as we all know, pure water is always blue.
39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Beneath the rolling green fields of the North Island's King Country lie the spectacular Waitomo Caves, one of New Zealand's most popular tourist experiences. Soaring limestone caverns, underground rivers, fascinating rock formations and magical grottos lit by thousands of native glowworms await visitors to Waitomo.
The Waitomo Caves have been drawing tourists since the late 1800s after the subterranean network was discovered by a local Māori chief. Today, thousands of visitors each year come to Waitomo to marvel at the incredible limestone formations and luminescent glowworms hidden in its depths. The more adventurous can also try cave abseiling and rappelling, black water rafting or caving.
1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua is a fantastic place to visit. There really is so much to do here.
Explore otherworldly geothermal parks, experience rejuvenating spa and wellness therapies, wander through and around beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest. Mountain bike that same world-famous forest among a network of 200km of gold-level trails, including New Zealand's newest Great Ride, Whakarewarewa Forest Loop.
Visit many of our 18 lakes. Enjoy thrilling adventures, create family memories, immerse yourself in the Māori culture.