Matamata is a small rural town on the North Island of New Zealand with 6300 inhabitants is one of the largest towns in Matamata-Piako District in the Waikato region. The city is located about 23 kilometers east of Cambridge. The region around Matamata is known for the breeding of thoroughbred horses. Hamilton is about 60 kilometers from Matamata. A farm area outside the city served as a filming location for the trilogy The Lord of the Rings as Hobbiton in the Shire, and is therefore now a tourist attraction. In addition, the city offers the opportunity for many recreational activities such as horseback riding, swimming, squash, golf and fishing. A popular tourist destination, the thermal springs Opal Springs.