Hob­bit hot spots boost tourist traf­fic

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

The hol­i­day sea­son has lifted the foot traf­fic through Waikato’s tourism hot spots by the thou­sands – and it is only go­ing to get busier.

Off the back of The Hob­bit – An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney, tourism in Mata­mata is boom­ing as ex­pected, with Mata­mata i-SITE man­ager Sue Whit­ing call­ing the town the ‘‘top tourist des­ti­na­tion of New Zealand, this sum­mer’’.

‘‘It’s just the place to be. We’re get­ting about 750 peo­ple through our doors a day but some­times there are just too many to count,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s lit­er­ally stand­ing room only. It’s won­der­ful and I would ex­pect it to stay that way through­out the year.’’

Ge­orge Helms, who man­ages Opal Hot Springs just out­side Mata­mata, has wit­nessed huge growth over last year’s hol­i­day sea­son and said ‘‘it’s never been so busy’’.

‘‘We’ve had a full camp for days now, about 250 to 300 peo­ple at a time. Yes­ter­day morn­ing the park cleaned out and by last night it was full again,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve never been any­where near this. I don’t know why but it’s great.’’

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