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Our district is at the Orange setting of the new traffic light system (COVID-19 Protection Framework). Council offices and facilities are open. Please wear face coverings when visiting our facilities.

Our Facilities

Firth Tower


Firth Tower

Take a glimpse into the pioneering history at Firth Tower Museum and Reserve, located just 2km along Tower road from the Matamata township. Visit the official Firth Tower Website.

Firth Tower Office Contact Details
Phone: 027 254 2783 or 07 888 8369
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Physical Address: 266 A Tower Road, Matamata 3400

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our gardens, expansive lawns and shaded trees; perfect for a family picnic, celebration, function or wedding.
We provide indoor and outdoor venue hire, off-street car parking, set-up and pack down assistance, furniture and equipment hire. Terms and Conditions apply. Bookings essential.

Chapel and Outdoor Venue Hire

The chapel built 1914 has retained its charm and beauty ideal to hire for ceremonies with our stunning gardens and lawns with lovely trees provide an ideal outdoor venue for any occasion.

Heritage Room

Our meeting room includes a kitchenette. Capacity limit of 50 people seated.



Motorhomes are welcome at Firth Tower 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Park in the designated power sites or choose a car park or on the grass area for non-powered sites. For further assistance please ask our friendly staff.


Groups and Schools

Learn about Matamata's pioneering history. We offer an interactive education programme that supports local early New Zealand living.



Firth Tower Museum

Occupying a remnant of the former Matamata Estate (1865-1904) of 56,000 acres (22,600 hectares) established by Auckland entrepreneur Josiah Clifton Firth. As well as the 120-year-old homestead and its 1881-1882 tower, this historic precinct preserves a dozen local buildings in parklike surrounds.

Each building is fully set up with authentic displays illustrating the life and history of the local area. Displays and exhibits in the museum are the work of the volunteers of the Matamata Historical Society, also preserving the archives of Matamata. Matamata Historical Society

Museum Opening Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am – 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
CLOSED Tuesday, Wednesday and Public Holidays

Matamata Historical Society Contact Details:
Phone: 07 888 6218
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Physical Address: 266 Tower Road, Matamata 3400