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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-308 4271
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My sister from overseas

She was the only one for the tour but that did not mean she got a lesser tour. She spent a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Whakatane, New Zealand
Excellent Historic Visit Including the Technology

Even if you have toured several other Maori meeting houses, Mataatua Wharennui is definitely worth... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
Christiana, Tennessee
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After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's only repatriated and most travelled Maori meeting house - stands once again as the unifying soul of the Ngati Awa (one of the Maori tribes of the Bay of Plenty) New Zealand. Built in 1875, it travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Victoria & Albert Museum and South Kensington Museum (London), Dunedin and Otago (South Island) before being rebuilt back in its place of origin, Whakatane, in 2011. Your journey at Mataatua (The Face of God) will Ignite the Soul within, as you discover the extraordinary story of the house that has travelled through time. Mataatua is a living and breathing being and our experience provides an opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Ngati Awa. Be enthralled as the carvings and legends of Ngati Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology. A spine tingling experience, HIKO; Legends Carved in Light, is the 2011 GOLD Nga Aho award winner from the New Zealand Designers Institute.
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Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-308 4271
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

She was the only one for the tour but that did not mean she got a lesser tour. She spent a wonderful informative hour or so there and got a deeper understanding of the importance of the Mataatua whare.

Thank kalinalltd
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Even if you have toured several other Maori meeting houses, Mataatua Wharennui is definitely worth your time. The thought-provoking story of the house is introduced in a short, 8 minute video. Then the Maori guided tour shares much more information about all the journeys of...More

Thank GandJ-37037
Reviewed 12 May 2017

On our recent visit to Whakatane we were very disappointed not to be able to see inside the Meeting House. Just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere was an experience. Having visited various Meeting Houses during our time in NZ, we strongly recommend you...More

1  Thank Michael-4551
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Afternoon at the Mataatua Cultural Experience Centre, filled with the Welcome Ceremony, the light show which clearly demonstrates all important information including the origin of the town name 'Whakatane', and all the intricate carvings and restoration process. Before any performances they showed an 8 minute...More

Thank Justin9127
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We attended a wedding on this Marae and I rate this as one of thee best experiences of my life so far.

Thank Gerryb690212
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Booked for the 2 hour cultural immersion tour. Had booked from Edinburgh (where we live) a month before coming. Turned up on the day and the manager had not entered our booking onto the system so they were not expecting us. However, the person who...More

Thank ScottishPrincess
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We had a tour for two. This made for a very personal experience and we were very grateful for the sharing with us of the local Maori culture. The light show was excellent.

Thank Rowley51
Reviewed 28 February 2017

To start with: YOU MUST SEE this place! An exceptional presentation in a breathtaking Wharenui. Nothing seen like this throughout our entire trip. Great chance to learn about Maori history and mythology. Worthwhile the money and the time spent, and there is much more to...More

Thank grafvondanneberg
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We were surprised at the in depth learning experience at the Mataatua Meeting House tour. It is pricey $40 NZD for adults...and there does not seem to be a set timing schedule for the tour, but the experience is amazing. Les, our guide/host was congenial,...More

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We were only the two of us but that didn't matter, we were warmly welcomed and got the whole story including light refreshments afterwards. A very special experience which taught us a lot about Maori culture.

Thank Elisabeth W
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