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Matamata – The Firth Tower

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Matamata means ‘headland’. This was the name of a new pa established in 1830 by Te Waharoa, the famous Ngatihaua chief, on a ridge of high ground projecting into the swampy valley of the Waitoa River near Dunlop Road, a few kilometres north-west of present-day Waharoa. The Firth Tower was built in 1882 by Josiah Clifton Firth as a lookout over the countryside.

The Heritage Centre houses the archives of the Matamata area. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the gardens, wide lawns and shady trees. Learn something of life in a more leisurely age through museum displays housed in 13 buildings.

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