Matawai is a very small settlement located on State Highway 2 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Matawai is located on the upper reaches of the Motu river approximately half way between Gisborne and Opotiki.
With a population less than 100 Matawai is a very small village. Despite its size Matawai is a popular destination for mountain bikers, kayaker's and other adventurers. This is because the start of the Motu Road Trail and the Motu river are nearby.