Matamata Backpackers is a chill little hostel set in the heart of middle earth. With great facilities and a cozy, quirky interior. We offer a fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining, BBQ facilities, large lounge with a range of free movies and laundry facilities.

Free Wifi. Book exchange. Bikes for Hire.

Linen and small valuable lockers supplied in all rooms. Please bring your own padlock. 15 minutes drive to the Hobbiton Movie set or a 5 minute walk to the information center (Hobbiton pickup/drop off point). Close to supermarkets, cafes and shops what more could you want!

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Hostel Amenities

We are a small hostel. Our maximum capacity is for 44 people. If you are after a group booking please contact us directly. We do not have big travel groups or busloads coming through. So great environment for solo travellers to meet each other.
  • WiFi - Free WiFi available throughout the backpackers.
  • Kitchen - Fully equipped guest kitchen for self-catering.
  • Laundry - Fully equipped guest laundry.
  • Bike Hire - We have bikes onsite for hire and also costumes to hire.
  • Parking - Free parking on site and more side street parking.
  • BBQ - Plenty of outdoor seating and a BBQ available for the guests.
  • Dining - We have a dining room for the guests with a nice, warm fireplace.
  • TV Room - Penty of entertainment on a wet day, we have DVDs and Netflix. We also have a book exchange.
  • Smoking - Rooms are smoke-free, you can smoke outside.


  • What time is check in?
    2pm-8pm. We have luggage storage if needed to check in early.
  • How do I check in after hours?
    Contact us directly via phone or email and we can arrange for after hours check in.
  • What time are reception hours? Can I check in late?
    Reception hours run 8am-12am and then 2pm-8pm.
  • What time is check out? Can I have a late checkout?
    Check out is 10 am. We do not allow late check out during months October-April. Please let us know if you require late check out otherwise.
  • Do you offer female-only dorms?
    No. We don't offer female only dorms, sorry.
  • What payment methods are accepted?
    We accept VISA, Mastercard, Unionpay and cash. Payment on arrival is preferred. We do require credit details if booking over the phone.
  • How long does it take to get into town?
    5 minutes walking to the I-site restaurant's/shops and supermarkets.
  • Can I drink alcohol in the hostel?
    Yes. And a alcohol shop is next door.
  • Do you have free WiFi?
    Yes, Free Unlimited.
  • How can I get to the Waterfall?
    From November to March we offer a shuttle service at 10am. We also offer Bike hire for $15 a day.
  • Is bedding supplied?
    Yes. Bedding is supplied. Towels are available for hire if needed.
  • Are there any shops or places to eat nearby?
    Yes there are many restaurant and all the necessary shops within 5 minutes' walk.

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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.