About the District
Thinking of moving to the Matamata-Piako District?
The Matamata-Piako district has something for everyone . There’s all the benefits of living in a small town, such as safe communities, free parking and no traffic lights, but it's close enough to Hamilton and Tauranga to enjoy the city life. The district is just over 30 minutes to the beach, only 90 minutes to Auckland and a few hours from the ski fields - why wouldn't you want to work in such a central district with so much to offer?
The Matamata-Piako District covers 175,000 hectares in the central Waikato and is well known for dairy farming and thoroughbred racing industry. The district has a population of 33,000 people, over 56% live in one of the three main towns - Matamata, Morrinsville and Te Aroha.
Major attractions include Mount Te Aroha (952m high) and the stunning Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park, that host a range of day walks or overnight tramps. At the foot of the mountain is the Mokena Geyser (the only natural hot soda water geyser in the world), and the historic Te Aroha Domain, featuring the Te Aroha Mineral Spas. To find out more about all that Te Aroha has to offer, visit the Te Aroha i-Site Visitor Information Centre.
Matamata is well-known as the location of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Matamata is also home to the historic Firth Tower Estate and Museum. Matamata has a strong equine and racing community, and has produced many thoroughbred horses currently racing internationally. To find out more about all that Matamata has to offer, visit the Matamata i-Site Visitor Centre.
The easy rolling terrain surrounding Morrinsville makes for some of the best farmland in New Zealand and earning it the title ‘Cream of the Country’. Morrinsville is also home to the Wallace Gallery, showcasing artwork from around the district and wider region. Throughout the town you will find life-size fibreglass cows, each of which has been artistically painted by local and national artists. Find out more about Morrinsville and all it has to offer by visiting the Morrinsville i-Site Visitor Information Centre.
Open for business
Matamata-Piako District Council is pro-active in stimulating the Matamata-Piako economy. We are open for business and support this by:
- offering a staff member to help businesses wanting to set up or expand in the district, proactive knowledge sharing within the business community on information that’s relevant to new business, such as available land and building space, applicable regulations.
- on-going engagement with the business community, from small to large businesses.
Find out more about doing business in the district