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Matariki Motor Lodge Te Awamutu is ideally located for visiting Waitomo, Otorohanga, Cambridge and travelling throughout the Waikato

Explore Te Awamutu from your comfortable motel base!

Te Awamutu has plenty to offer visitors from the beautiful Rose Gardens to the amazing Te Awamutu Space Centre. Here are our suggestions to make the most of your visit using our modern Te Awamutu accommodation as your base.

For families:

Te Awamutu Museum - Education and Research Centre

Discover treasured moments in Waipa’s history and explore the curiouseum, perfect for kids of all ages.

Livingstone Aquatic Centre

An indoor facility which includes a 25 metre pool, hydroslide, hydrotherapy pool, learners pool, toddler's pool, spa, sauna and an inflatable obstacle course.

Kihikihi Police House and Temple Cottage

A unique piece of Waipa history.

Te Awamutu Rose Gardens and Pop ‘n’ Good Playground

Enjoy the picturesque roses in bloom (October – April) while kids use their energy exploring the playground and bike park.

Te Awamutu Space Centre

Take time to visit this museum and activity centre suitable for all ages. A unique place with interactive exhibits and a host of space memorabilia.

Alphra Lavender

Open over the summer when the lavender is in bloom, a picturesque spot to visit and relax.

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Sports Related:

ASB Stadium

A top class sporting facility and is the best of its kind in the greater Waipa region. The facility seats up to 800 spectators and is used for a variety of events or sporting activities.

Golf Courses

There are 3 amazing courses all within 15 minutes’ drive of Matariki Motor Lodge

Kihikihi Domain

home of Kihikihi Speedway, Kihikihi Polo Club and Kihikihi Horse Trial

Lake Karapiro, Mighty River Domain

One of New Zealand's premier event venues. Every year it showcases a variety of sporting and cultural events and has been the stage for a number of memorable international sporting occasions.

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Walking Tracks and Reserves:

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

New Zealand's most ambitious conservation project offers a variety of bush walks including a 16m canopy tower, a range of guided day and night tours and an informative Visitor Centre. Highly recommend the Tuatara Hunt Tour.

Mt. Pirongia

About 22km from Te Awamutu (959m) with a  range of walking tracks for all ages.

Mt. Kakepuku

About 11km from Te Awamutu. A 1½ - 2 hour walk to the summit (450m).

Yarndley's Bush

An easy 30-minute walk though one of the largest Kahikatea stands in the North.

Walter Scott Bush Reserve

At Ngutunui, on the way to Kawhia. Includes two easy/moderate walks—one is about 30 minutes and the other is about 2 hours.

Lake Ngaroto

Popular for sailing and Includes a relatively easy 90-minute walk around the lake. The walkway is mostly flat and includes stretches of boardwalk, dirt and grass pathways.

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Head further afield

Waitomo Caves

Explore these world-famous caves and see amazing stalagmite and stalactite formations as well as glow-worms. A range of tours for all age groups available.

Otorohanga and the Otorohanga Kiwi House

Visit New Zealand’s official Kiwiana town and get up close to kiwi at the bird park.

Avantidrome National Cycle Centre

Try your hand at track cycling at the purpose built Avantidrome or enjoy a more leisurely ride along the riverbank following the Te Awa Cylce Track.


Located near Matamata, Hobbiton was the set for The Shire in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. Take a guided tour around the set or book in for an evening visit which includes dinner in The Green Dragon Inn.

Hamilton Zoo

Originally opened as a farm park in 1969, Hamilton Zoo now has more than 600 native New Zealand and international species including White Rhinos, Lemurs, Meerkats and Tuataras.

Hamilton Gardens

The gardens cover more than 54 hectares and include a range of different gardening styles and designs from around the world.

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Local Golf Courses