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Sign in Matamata identifying town as the location where the Hobbiton scenes from the Lord of the Rings were filmed
Livestock in Matamata

Matamata ['mata?mata] is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located near the base of the Kaimai Ranges, and is a thriving farming area known for Thoroughbred horse breeding and training pursuits. It is part of the Matamata-Piako District, which takes in the surrounding rural areas as well as Morrinsville and Te Aroha. State Highway 27 and the Kinleith Branch railway run through the town. The town has a population of 7,920 as of June 2018.[1]

A nearby farm was the location for the Hobbiton Movie Set in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. The New Zealand government decided to leave the Hobbit holes built on location as tourist attractions, since they were designed to blend seamlessly into the environment. During the interim period filming The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey they had no furniture or props, but could be entered with vistas of the farm viewed from inside them.[2] A "Welcome to Hobbiton" sign has been placed on the main road. In 2011 parts of Hobbiton began to close in preparation for the three new movies based on the first Tolkien novel, The Hobbit.

History

In the early nineteenth century, the area including and surrounding the present-day Matamata township was part of the territory of the Ng?ti Hau?. The Matamata p? itself was actually located near the present-day settlement of Waharoa, approximately 6 kilometres (4 miles) to the north.

The first European thought to have visited the Matamata area was the trader Phillip Tapsell in about 1830.[3] In 1833 the Reverend Alfred Nesbit Brown visited the area and in 1835 opened a mission near Matamata Pa, but this closed the following year when intertribal warfare broke out.[3] In 1865 Josiah Firth negotiated with Ng?ti Hau? leader Wiremu Tamihana and leased a large area of land, including the future site of the town which he named after the p?.[3] Firth constructed a dray road to Cambridge and cleared the Waihou River so that it was navigable by his (small) boats.[3]

Peria, on the outskirts of Matamata, was the scene of the K?ngitanga meeting of 1863.[4][5]

Firth's estate later failed and by 1904 had been wholly obtained by the Crown and was subdivided into dairy farm units[6] to take advantage of the new technology of refrigeration.[] It became a dependent Town District in 1917, an independent Town District in 1919 and was constituted a borough in 1935.[3] With the re-organisation of territorial authorities in New Zealand in 1989, Matamata became part of the Matamata-Piako District.


Railway station

Plantations of oak, larch, chestnut and ash were established near other railway stations but Matamata's is the sole survivor[7] and is registered in Council's District Plan for Hetana St[8]

Matamata was a station on the Kinleith Branch, from 8 March 1886,[9] initially 40 minutes north of the temporary terminus at Oxford and about an hour from Morrinsville.[10] It was 6.03 km (3.75 mi) south of Waharoa, 7.91 km (4.92 mi) north of Hinuera[11] and for a while seems to have become a flag station,[12][13] though it did have a goods shed.[14] It had 2 members of staff from 1913[15] and by 1950 8,868 tickets were sold at Matamata and it transported 42,322 sheep and pigs.[16] It closed to passengers on 12 November 1968,[9] but reopened to serve the Geyserland Express[17] from 9 December 1991 until 7 October 2001.[18]

The station building was replaced in the 1960s[7] and has been the Railside by the Green community centre since 2002,[19] though it is fenced off from the platform.[20] Occasional excursions still use the platform.[21][22]

Media

Matamata is the home of various media outlets, including studios for tvCentral, TV Rotorua and iTV Live, which is unusual for a town of such size.

  • Matamata Chronicle
  • Scene

Sports

Matamata is home to the Matamata Swifts soccer team, who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1A.

Schools

Secondary schools

Intermediate schools

  • Matamata Intermediate

Primary schools

  • Firth Primary School
  • Matamata Primary School

Religious schools

  • Matamata Christian School
  • St Josephs Catholic School

Matamata district schools

  • Hinuera School
  • Te Poi School
  • Te Kura O Waharoa
  • Waharoa School
  • Wairere School
  • Walton School

Notable people

Nearby towns

Smaller towns nearby are:

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2018 boundary)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Matamata Area Guide". Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c d e 'MATAMATA', from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 22 April 2009
  4. ^ Peria Topo Map
  5. ^ "Maori Report Of The Speeches At The Meeting At Peria". Press. 1863-01-03. p. 3. Retrieved .
  6. ^ D. B. Waterson. 'Firth, Josiah Clifton', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 18-Sep-2013
  7. ^ a b "Matamata railway station with the Plantation behind (pre-1919)". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Matamata-Piako District Plan". www.mpdc.govt.nz. Retrieved .
  9. ^ a b Scoble, Juliet (2010). "Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations" (PDF). Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand.
  10. ^ "Page 7 Advertisements Column 4". Te Aroha News. 1886-05-29. p. 7. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Yonge, John Roger; Company, Quail Map (1993). New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas. Quail Map Company. ISBN 9780900609923.
  12. ^ "Matamata". nzetc.victoria.ac.nz. 1902. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Representatives, New Zealand Parliament House of (1908). Parliamentary Debates.
  14. ^ "Railway Station Matamata, showing two steam locomotive trains stopped". www.aucklandcity.govt.nz. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Parliamentary Papers | Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives | 1913 Session I". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Parliamentary Papers | Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives | 1950 Session I". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Inter-regional Rail service distances and times". www.bettertransport.org.nz. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Miller, Frederic P.; Vandome, Agnes F.; John, McBrewster (2010-12-14). Geyserland Express. VDM Publishing. ISBN 9786134003926.
  19. ^ "home". www.railsidematamata.co.nz. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "Matamata: New Zealand's re-cycled Station". Phillip Overton. 2013-12-13. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Photos - Silver Fern to Matamata". nzrailphotos.co.nz. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Glenbrook to Matamata & Return - Waikato Explorer - RES Excursions - Glenbrook Vintage Railway". www.gvr.co.nz. Retrieved .

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