Section E:
Te Aroha to Matamata


TE AROHA WEATHER

Distance: 37 kms (2-4 hours)

Trail Status: Notification

30 May 2024: Wairere Falls Track closure from the 30th January 2024. The Department of Conservation will be upgrading multiple structures along the Wairere Falls Track. This work is expected to take up to 18 weeks. Whilst this work is being completed the track will be closed from Mondays to Fridays for public safety and to allow the contractors to carry out their work safety. DOC will endeavour to have the track open for most weekends for public use. This closure will also affect track users wanting to access the Wairere Falls Track from the North/South Track.

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 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


A Place In The Paddock

A Place In The Paddock

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A spacious farm house accommodation, amongst the beautiful hills of Matamata. 

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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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The Old Church - Manawaru

The Old Church - Manawaru

Holiday Boutique Trail Accommodation at Manawaru

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Motorhome Camping Options - Section E

Motorhome Camping Options - Section E

With more than a dozen motorhome camping options available across the Trail Network, there's every reason to visit the region and spend time exploring the Hauraki Rail Trail.

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Te Aroha Accommodation Central

Te Aroha Accommodation Central

A selection of executive homes for rent 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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Housewithnonails

Housewithnonails

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

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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


Merchant Of Matamata

Merchant Of Matamata

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

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Domain Cottage Cafe – Te Aroha

Domain Cottage Cafe – Te Aroha

Once the gardeners residence of the Domain Estate, the Domain Cafe offers delicious food, good coffee and great service for visitors to Te Aroha.

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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

The Old Forge is Te Aroha's newest café, restaurant and function centre. Experience fresh and authentic "paddock to plate" cuisine prepared in our state of the art kitchen.

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See & Do
Te Aroha to Matamata


Te Aroha Museum

Te Aroha Museum

The Museum is situated in the Cadman Bath House in the middle of the Domain which has been home to the Museum since 1971.

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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 just off the Hauraki Rail Trail, you can relax or play in the heated outdoor pools at Swim Zone Matamata. 

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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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