Section E:
Te Aroha to Matamata


Distance: 37 kms (2-4 hours)

Trail Status: Open

Fitness: All Levels

Skill: All Levels

Traffic: Light to Moderate

Grade: 1


Journey through fertile plains, significant horse studs, goat farms, groves of scented trees, scenic waterfalls, and ravines.  Keep an eye out for places of interest, such as Stanley Landing and the Firth Tower Museum.  Two new cafes, the Old Forge Kitchen and Cafe 77 also offer camper van parking, so you can start from many points on the Trail.

The mesmerising Wairere Falls can be found nearby the trail, and are well worth visiting after your ride.  The return walk to the viewing platform at the base of the Falls takes about an hour and a half.  It's an attractive and well-maintained track for walking only.  

Stop off at The Firth Tower built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth, which stands on rising ground commanding extensive views.  Visitors can enjoy the tranquil gardens, picnic under venerable oaks and explore the museum displays housed across 13 buildings. 

A tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set recounts fascinating details of how the beautiful Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.  Visitors can enjoy a Festive Feast lunch or alternatively the Evening Banquet Tour at dusk includes a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit.  The gardens are beautiful in this fairytale world, and nothing beats a tipple at the Green Dragon Inn.

Matamata is a rural town nestled at the base of the scenic Kaimai Ranges.  It offers a range of walking options, golf courses, and an extensive selection of Cafés and Accommodation, making it a great place to unwind or stay after riding the Trail.

Please note:

  • Mobile phone coverage is good.
  • Dogs are not permitted on this section of the Rail Trail except where the trail intersects the urban areas of Te Aroha and Matamata.

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Highlights include:

  • A leisurely ride through lush Waikato farmland and horse studs
  • Picnic lunches with views of the bush clad Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges
  • Explore the history of the Firth Tower
  • Take a short detour to experience the stunning Wairere Falls
  • Look out for features of interest along the way -  Waiorongomai, Kaimai Air Crash Memorial and Stanley Landing
  • Arrange a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set of Lord of the Rings fame at Matamata i-SITE

Accommodation
Te Aroha to Matamata


Aroha Mountain Lodge

Aroha Mountain Lodge

From $135 per night

Nestled at the foot of Mount Te Aroha, and close to the many attractions of the area.

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Tower Road Motel - Matamata

Tower Road Motel - Matamata

Tower Road Motel is set in a quiet, garden setting and is just a 3 minute drive to shopping and restaurants.

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Modern Townhouse Te Aroha

Modern Townhouse Te Aroha

A modern new townhouse just metres from the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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Broadway Motel - Matamata

Broadway Motel - Matamata

The only motel located in the centre of Matamata on the Hauraki Rail Trail within easy access to cafes and local attractions, with ample secure off road parking.

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Okauia House - Matamata

Okauia House - Matamata

Enjoy complete privacy and quiet in our self-contained guestwing.  E-Bike charging station and wifi included.

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Te Aroha Motel

Te Aroha Motel

The Hauraki Rail Trail is right at our door, so convenient and cyclist friendly!

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Housewithnonails

Housewithnonails

From $180 per night

Enjoy this truly unique accommodation experience in a beautiful handcrafted barn.

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The Nunnery - Te Aroha

The Nunnery - Te Aroha

Welcome to the accommodation option with a difference in historic Te Aroha.

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Te Aroha Holiday Park

Te Aroha Holiday Park

The Te Aroha Holiday Park is a unique country camping experience in one of New Zealand’s few remaining traditional holiday parks in the Waikato.

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Dine & Drink
Te Aroha to Matamata


Good Merchant - Matamata

Good Merchant - Matamata

Celebrate the start (or finish) of your journey on the Hauraki Rail Trail with us.

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Ironique Café & Bar

Ironique Café & Bar

Ironique Café & Bar offer true Kiwi hospitatlity and are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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The Duck & Cover Bar & Restaurant

The Duck & Cover Bar & Restaurant

The Duck & Cover Bar & Restaurant in the heart of Te Aroha township

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Cafe 77 - Manawaru

Cafe 77 - Manawaru

Cafe 77, a new cafe situated right on the Hauraki Rail Trail about half way between Te Aroha and Matamata offering the perfect pit stop for cyclists...

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The Old Forge Kitchen

The Old Forge Kitchen

An exciting new cafe, deli, kitchen and catering business, located in right on the trail at West Te Aroha.

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See & Do
Te Aroha to Matamata


Firth Tower Museum - Matamata

Firth Tower Museum - Matamata

Enjoy the tranquil gardens, picnic under venerable oaks, and learn about late 1800s and early 1900s life through the museum exhibits and displays created by the Matamata Historical Society housed in 13 buildings. 

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Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Step into the enchanting village of Hobbiton Movie Set.  In the heart of New Zealand, explore the lush pastures of the Shire with a guided tour of Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. 

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Swim Zone Matamata

Swim Zone Matamata

Set in the vibrant town of Matamata, Swim Zone heated pools and outdoor spa provide the perfect place to play.

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Adventure Te Aroha

Adventure Te Aroha

Enjoy some time kayaking the river, the perfect half day excursion from the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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Swim Zone Te Aroha

Swim Zone Te Aroha

Set in a natural bush setting, Swim Zone heated pools and outdoor spa provide the perfect place to play.

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Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Relax in your own private mineral spa. Soak in the natural mineral waters that flow from the majestic Mount Te Aroha.

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Matamata i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Matamata i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Visit one of New Zealand's most iconic i-SITE Visitor Information Centres to make all your Rail Trail bookings

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