Aerial photo of Matatā
Image: David Finn | ©
Located in the Bay of Plenty region
Matatā means "dividing waters". Before the Rangitaiki Plains were drained the Rangitaiki River ran into the Tarawera River, and originally the area was known as Te Awa o Te Atua, or the River of the Gods.
Matatā is on the coast of the Bay of Plenty, 24 km west of Whakatane, or 70 km from Tauranga.