We are thrilled that we now live in a very beautiful and conveniently located part of New Zealand. We are less than 2 hours drive from Auckland (we are just 3 kms off SH27 at Waharoa) and just 45 minutes from Hamilton Airport, around an hour from Rotorua Airport, with Tauranga Airport just 40 minutes away.
Matamata Village is 9 minutes away & offers an excellent I-SITE, shops and an extensive selection of cafes as well as supermarkets, pharmacy, petrol stations etc. Matamata hosts a large Flea Market and a Craft Fair on the second Saturday of each month.
For the hiker or tramper, the Kaimai Ranges and Wairere Falls offer stunning New Zealand native bush walks less than half an hour away. Nearby Opal Hot Springs will relax tired muscles afterwards. For the sports enthusiasts, Lake Karapiro, New Zealand’s premiere rowing facility and the Velodrome at Cambridge are both close by. Excellent golf courses can be found in Matamata and at Walton. If flying is your thing, you'll find the Piako Gliding Club and the Middle Earth Flying School closeby. Both operate from the local airfield at Waharoa.
The Waikato offers lots to the visitor or tourist. The jewel of the Waikato is arguably The Hobbiton Movie Set and this major tourist attraction is a mere 20 minute drive from our door allow (tour takes 2 hours from Shire's Rest). Or take the tour from the I-SITE in Matamata (allow 3 hours) .