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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Whakatane
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: An unforgettable encounterWith a Story, a House and a PeopleWhere engaging story tellers and world class digital technology combine toCreate a magical... more » Owner description: An unforgettable encounterWith a Story, a House and a PeopleWhere engaging story tellers and world class digital technology combine toCreate a magical and powerful New Zealand experience « less
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit, the guides were informative and very welcoming in sharing their history and culture. The welcome song was sung beautifully by the female singer. We arrived at the house in gale force winds and rain, inside you felt so safe and secure and surrounded by a very special aura. The lightshow was really well... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

I can't recommend this experience highly enough. Our two hosts were so friendly and were willing to share so much knowledge about their culture. I was trying to learn it all but thankfully they gave us a little booklet at the end that we could take home with us. We genuinely felt welcomed into the wharenui. Do this if you... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This is an unforgettable experience, made very special by the light show inside. That was such a surprise and had us captivated. This makes it very different from other cultural experiences and worth going to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to Mataatua. Even as a local I learnt so much about the area and the history of the wharenui that I had not known prior. I was extremely impressed by the professionalism, knowledge and friendliness of the staff. Loved the light show and how it told the history in such a unique way, highlighting the various... More

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Albion Park, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I was inspired to visit by an article in the Australian Geographic. My husband and I were not disappointed by our visit. The ceremonial greeting, the light show and the staff, were all first rate. At no time did we feel rushed and were able to ask lots of questions whilst enjoying refreshment after the tour. I found the marae... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is a fantastic experience and something just a little different from the other cultural attractions available in New Zealand. The story of the Meeting House that travelled around the world before fiinally returning home is amazing in itself. But the myths, legends and history of Mataatua and Ngati Awa are also fascinating. And it is all brought to life... More

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Scot in Wales
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Excellent visit to this wonderful meeting house and our guide presented history and culture of the Maori people clearly and thoughtfully. There were only 6 people on this presentation - including ourselves. The light show at the end of the one and a half hour experience was first class and very professional. Guests are invited to interact with the welcome... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Love the story of Mataatua - and the team really brought this alive for us. We learned new stories and got a new appreciation of the building and its people.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We learned a lot at this location. The people were very nice, helpful and professional. You can tell they are knowledgeable and take pride in what they do. The marae is beautifully restored and the new buildings compliment it well. It is a very nice facility. The laser show was very entertaining and a great combination of story telling of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The staff at the visitor centre are so warm and welcoming, telling the history of the meeting house and showing a video with more detail about its travels. Definitely worth taking the time to see. Thanks for telling us more about your culture and beautiful part of the world.

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