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From Matatoki, Auckland is about 55 miles to the northwest, and Rotorua is 75 miles southeast.
Are you a beach addict? This area has some beautiful stretches of coastline. Stop by Opoutere Beach, 17 miles to the northeast, and Whangamata Beach, 15 miles to the east.
Nature enthusiasts travel through Waikato for its diverse natural spaces. Discover the magic for yourself at Athenree Hot Springs and Mount Maungaruawahine, 25 miles and 16 miles away from Matatoki, respectively.
Make the trip to Totara to visit Hauraki Rail Trail Thames and Goldfields Shopping Centre. It's 4 miles away from Matatoki, and worth the trip. Thames, yet another interesting place, boasts Thames Historical Museum and Corogate Cafe. This destination is 6 miles away.
To find Seddon St, Heritage Museum and Waihi Waterlily Gardens, head southeast from Matatoki for 19 miles to Waihi. If your itinerary allows it, also drop in at Martha Mine and Waihi Arts Centre & Museum.
There are numerous ways to get up and experience some wide open spaces in this region. Mountain biking and mountain climbing are a couple of the adventurous pursuits you can pick from.
If you're someone who has a slightly chaotic life, the perfect vacation is often all about finding the perfect way to relax. When it's time to de-stress, breath in some fresh air and do a bit of cycling or shore fishing.
You'll be able to discover far more by tapping into the expertise of locals than you ever could from a glossy-paged guidebook. Consider organizing some guided nature walks, city walking tours and winery tours.
When the sky is clear, hop in the car and cool off with some swimming or surfing, both popular watersport activities in Waikato.
Go to the region's art museums, history museums, art galleries and craft workshops. These cultural hotspots are popular among travelers, especially when the weather is unpleasant.
Experienced adventurers are used to goodbyes, but that doesn't mean they get any easier. When it's time to leave the gorgeous Waikato region, we wouldn't be surprised if you were already organizing a return trip!
Don't stress about missing your flight. Just be aware that the closest airport is 45 miles to the southeast.
Hotel and apartment options in Matatoki are known to be rather sparse. Check out the current range on Expedia's Matatoki hotels guide.
Situated in Waihi, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery and Martha Mine. Karangahake Gorge is 7.4 mi (11.9 km) away.
Situated in Thames, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Goldfields Shopping Centre and Thames Historical Museum. Butterfly and Orchid Garden is 2.5 mi (3.9 km) away.
Located in the heart of Tairua, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Tairua Beach and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Mount Paku. Purangi Estate-The Purangi Winery and Hot Water Beach are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in Pauanui, this motel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Pauanui Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Opoutere Beach and Mount Maungaruawahine. Tairua Beach and Mount Paku are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Thames, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Goldfields Shopping Centre and Thames Historical Museum. Butterfly and Orchid Garden is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.
Situated on a river, this motel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Karangahake Gorge and within 16 mi (25 km) of Gold-mining Museum and Art Gallery and Martha Mine. Mokena Geyser and Ngatea Water Gardens are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Pauanui Beach and within 32 mi (52 km) of Whangamata Beach and Hot Water Beach. Cathedral Cove is 31.5 mi (50.7 km) away.
Situated in Thames, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Butterfly and Orchid Garden, Thames Historical Museum, and Goldfields Shopping Centre. Ngatea Water Gardens and Miranda Hot Springs are also within 25 mi (40 km).