This Domain is 4.8866 hectares in size, and is located in the central area of Matamata. Hohaia, Huia and Meura Streets form the east, south and west boundaries of the reserve, with Matamata Primary School forming the northern boundary. The site is generally level,and it has been developed for sports use.
Matamata Domain is comprised of four main elements. The largest element of the Domain is the grassed sportsfield area used for soccer and athletics. Tennis/netball courts are located in the south west corner, and the Sports Centre is located in the north west corner of the Domain. In between these two areas, off Meura Street, is the main entrance and playground.
Matamata Domain is identified as a Reserve by the Operative District Plan. The two oak trees located at the Meura Street entrance, commemorating WWI soldiers, are also identified as significant trees (register no. 197MA) in the District Plan. The underlying zone is Residential
The first Domain Board was appointed in 1907. In the same year the newly formed tennis club received permission to use an area in the south west corner. After World War I, commemorative trees were planted on the site. Then in the 1930’s the site was completely resurfaced and leveled. As a part of the celebrations for the centenary of New Zealand, the Centennial Baths were constructed in the north west corner of the site.
In 1946 six first class tennis/netball courts were established on the existing site. The following year a new football field became available for soccer. Today the site continues to be used for netball, tennis, athletics and soccer, as well as for swimming, gym and squash in the Sports Centre
Matamata Athletic Club
The Matamata Athletics Club uses the grassed sportsfields weekly during the summer months (late October to mid March). The Club use the soccer clubrooms and a small shed (located at the south end of the pool enclosure) for their meets and to store their equipment.
The Matamata Swifts Football Club uses the grassed sportsfield during the winter months (March to October), and for Summer 5 a side once a week in the evenings from October - Mid December each year. The main soccer ground is north of the clubrooms. A second ground lies to the east of the clubrooms. The clubroom building is located adjacent to the tennis/netball courts on their north east corner. Insufficient lighting prevents night training at Matamata Domain, so the club trains at Pohlen Park.
The hard court facilities are jointly used by the Matamata Tennis Club and Matamata Netball. The hard surface includes 7 tennis and 2 netball courts. The courts are enclosed by a high mesh fence, and lighting enables night use. Both clubs share a clubroom facility (built in the 1980’s) located between the courts and Huia Street. The courts are available to the public when not in use by either clubs.
This district playground contains a variety of mostly modular playground equipment, as well as bins, picnic tables and a drinking fountain.
Matamata Sports Centre
The facilities within the Matamata Sports Centre include:
- 3 practice and 1 competition squash courts
- Squash clubrooms
- Separate changing facilities for squash and swimming
- A 25m indoor 6 lane pool
- An outdoor recreation/dive pool
- A 25m outdoor 8 lane pool
- A spa pool, and a heated plunge pool
- A 15 x 10m fitness gym
- Administration and front of shop facilities
- Carparking for the facility is located on the adjacent school grounds
The facility is run by Council’s Community Facilities Operations Department.
Currently there are no plans to expand the Sports Centre. However Council is undertaking the development of a Sports and Leisure Strategy, which may provide some guidance on further development of the Sports Centre.
Matamata Primary School
A carpark for the Sports Centre is located on the grounds of the school. There is no formal agreement with the school for this use. The school uses the pool daily during term 1 and term 4. The school also has access to the carpark and it is used by parents to pick up and drop off their children.
Matamata Domain is a popular venue for holding events - contact us to make a booking!