Tarbutt & Matthews Optometrists

Tarbutt & Matthews Optometrists was established in November 2017. John & Linda Tarbutt (Right in photo), two of the most respected and influential Optometrists in the industry in New Zealand, sold their practice Tarbutt Optometrists to Phil & Lynley Matthews (left in photo) as they headed toward retirement. They have stayed working in the practice and will continue to do so for the next few months.


See more about John & Linda Tarbutt below.


We encourage you to call in to Tarbutt & Matthews and experience our dedicated, unrivalled expertise and service.

Enjoy standards of professional personal eyecare that will ensure your vision functions effortlessly at its very best. Explore our exciting range of optical and sunglass eyewear designed to lift the statement about who you are to all new levels of artistic expression.


Come in and talk with us, we'd love to discuss your eyewear and eyecare needs.

33 Duke Street, Cambridge 3450


Any questions or concerns, we're always just a phone call away.

(07) 827 6597


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Tarbutt & Matthews Optometrists


Monday and Thursday: 8 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 9AM - 12.30PM


Roadside parking available


John Tarbutt
Linda Tarbutt
Sonya Jefferies
James Lee
Amy Young

Practice Manager:

Sam Ballantyne

Dispensing Optician:

Rebecca Mould

Dispensing Assistant:

Judi Payne
Aana Staveley- Browne

More about the Tarbutts


Recognising two of the most well respected and recognised Optometrists in New Zealand.


When and how did you begin your career as an Optometrist?


John originally was an analytical chemist at a Dunedin pathology laboratory having completed a degree in chemistry and biochemistry. He moved to Auckland to study optometry at Auckland university. He worked with a Hamilton optometrist initially and after some OE including working at Illinois College of Optometry and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London, he returned to NZ in 1977 and purchased the practice of the late Peter Waterhouse.

Linda completed her optometry study in 1976 and worked in Whangarei for a couple of years before she went going overseas where she also worked at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital. She joined John in his practice upstairs in Victoria St, and in 1980 they formed the business partnership, Tarbutt Optometrists.  In 1984 the practice shifted to its current location in Duke St. Both have subsequently completed postgraduate diplomas in diagnostic and therapeutic optometry.


What will you be doing when you leave the practice?


The old cliché of family, travel and time to ourselves springs to mind. To maintain a practising certificate and to continue to provide optimum quality of care, you need to see a minimum number of patients and continue with continuing education. So we don't think we can gradually cut our hours, and doing locum work doesn't really appeal. So, probably once we stop working at the practice, we will not renew our practising certificates, which will mean we will not be able to practise optometry.


Will you stay involved in Optometry?


It will be difficult to do so if not practising- John is a trustee for VOSO (Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas) and his trip to Tonga to work in August this year was probably his last.


Why did you sell your practice to Phil & Lynn Matthews?


Basically the old saying: a willing buyer and willing seller. We sought assurances re patients and staff that at the time, in the hope that the practice would continue to provide a similar standard of care that we and our team had provided up to the time of sale.


What do you consider to be the most fulfilling parts of your career?


The people, the people, the people. We have been quite involved in the changes and development of optometry in the last 40 years and have always tried to ensure our patients receive the best standard of care. We have had great support from our staff and taken great satisfaction in being able to help our patients with their vision and eye care. I guess when we do stop work, it is not the practice itself we will miss, but it will be the patients who have supported us throughout the years.

Tarbutt & Matthews Optometrists

We look forward to being of service to you

It’s time to visit us, time to come in and try. Celebrate your own unique look and personality.

33 Duke Street, Cambridge, 3450 | Phone (07) 827 6597


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