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InterCity operates daily buses from Auckland to Matamata with fares starting from $1 (+ booking fee).
The bus to Matamata takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes, departing from the Sky City bus terminal at 102 Hobson Street in Auckland City and arriving outside the i-SITE, 45 Broadway, Matamata.
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Matamata is a rural town in the Waikato region of the North Island, located near the base of the Kaimai Ranges. The Kaimai Ranges is New Zealand's largest forest park, covering over 37,000 hectares with over 360kms of walking and tramping tracks.
Matamata is well known for its thoroughbred horse industry, dairy farming heritage, and the historic Firth Tower Museum. While in Matamata a quick dip in the local thermal hot springs is a great way to relax and unwind!
If you're a fan of Sir Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films, you'll definitely want to visit the Hobbiton Movie set. Located just 15kms from Matamata, tours depart from the centre of town several times a day. As the Hobbiton Movie set is located on a private, fully functioning sheep farm you'll see lots of sheep roaming around on your tour of Hobbiton! This attraction has brought visitors from all over the world with up to 3000 people visiting Hobbiton daily in the peak season. Here you can see Hobbit holes, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth.
Learn more about Matamata and activities in the region: matamatanz.co.nz
Traveling by bus Auckland to Matamata is easy and cost effective. As it's only a 3 hour and 15 minute bus trip, you're transported to the lush farmland of the Waikato region in no time.
InterCity have two bus passes, both offering travel within a set budget and the flexibility to jump on and off wherever you please. Passes are easily managed online take a look at the TravelPass and the FlexiPass for more information.
Matamata is a rural Waikato town in New Zealand with a population of around 12,000 (6,000 in rural areas, 6,000 in the township). It is located near the base of the Kaimai Ranges.
Matamata is well known for its thoroughbred industry, dairy farming heritage, and historic Firth Tower Museum. The famous Hobbiton is located at the nearby farm in Matamata. To visit the Hobbiton, join the sights tour will be an easier way for your to travel around Hobbiton. In Matamata, visit the Firth Tower Museum, experience the Kaimai Cheese Café, or gliding are the popular activities.
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