- Matamata is a stately provincial town famous for racehorses, dairy farming and the scenic Firth Tower. Settled by Europeans in the 1860s after the Land Wars, Matamata today is the heart of a rich agricultural region nestled between the Kaimai Ranges and the Waikato. Firth Tower, built as a defensive work some 130 years ago, has a small local history museum and a café. At Okauia Hot Springs you can soak away the rigours of a hard day's touring. Camping is available at Okauia.
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