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  • Destination Mighty Waikato

    The Waikato region offers something for everyone - from the stunning black sand surf beaches of Raglan to Hamilton's vibrant café scene and Middle-earth movie magic, there are plenty of things to do in the Waikato. Well-known for its nature-based tourism and underground wonders the region encompasses New Zealand's fourth largest city, the country's longest river - Waikato River, Hobbiton Movie Set and the world famous Waitomo Caves with its glowworms and subterranean adventure activities.

    For more information on the Waikato region visit waikatonz.com.

  • Transport Options

    We are offering free return transport options for participants and spectators of the Middle-earth Halfling Marathon. Return transfer options will be available from Matamata i-SITE, 45 Broadway, Matamata and a central location in Cambridge. A timetable of pick up and drop off times will be published closer to the event date. Please select your preferred transport option at time of registration. To view what parking or transport option you have selected, log in to your Event Plus account here.

  • Parking

    Limited parking is available at The Shire's Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Matamata and must be booked at time of registration. All vehicles arriving at The Shire's Rest for the event MUST have an officially issued parking pass which will be issued and sent to participants. When parking allocations at The Shire's Rest are exhausted, all remaining registrations for the event must utilise the free return transport options from Matamata or Cambridge. 

  • Where to Stay

    For accommodation options across the Waikato region, visit waikatonz.com/accommodation/all-accommodation/

Directions to The Shire's Rest

Participant Check-in will be open at The Hub, which is located at The Shire's Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Matamata from Friday 1 April from 1pm-6pm, or on race day 2 April from 9am-1pm. 

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