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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

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Address: Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-308 4271
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Description: After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's only...
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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The House that came home - in spite of everything.

A complete cultural experience guided by true subject matter experts. In spite of frankly uninformed mutilation by its Victorian movers this House has informed a great many during... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A complete cultural experience guided by true subject matter experts. In spite of frankly uninformed mutilation by its Victorian movers this House has informed a great many during its travels, and will continue to do so at its present site. Strongly recommended to visit.

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Tokoroa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Fantastic, not only for visitors from afar but for the locals as well. The story regarding Mataatua, its journey away from its natural home and its return to where it is now is amazing!!

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Beenleigh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We came by early in the morning when house still shut. Had a good look around the grounds and took some nice photos of the house and entrance poles. I understand the tour is worth seeing.

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic tour. Very informative and stimulating. Wonderful hosts. Light show was incredible!! I went twice because i missed the legend story being told as my child had to go toilet. MUST DO

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Awesome experience - gives you a real understanding of the Whakatane - Ohope Beach area with lots of history and stories of the region from the early settlers days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

What a buzz - a must for tourists, school groups, organisations and whanau. The team is a well oiled machine and showcase Mataatua extremely well. A credit to their whanau, hapu and iwi. Too much!!

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

There are not many opportunities to experience Maori culture in such an authentic setting, it may have an entry fee but what you experience is the real welcoming of guests visiting one of the most beautiful carved meeting houses in New Zealand! Our host Les was full of knowledge and passion and made our visit unforgettable, he is a great... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

A very special and spiritual place, we had wonderful guides who really took the time to explain everything and answer any questions that we had and provided lovely refreshments after our tour

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited after reading all the raving reviews, to see what all the fuss was about! I was absolutely taken aback and words just cannot express what I felt throughout the entire experience! The Guides were amazing and answered all of our questions. The tour itself was very personalized! The Vast amount of knowledge that was shared has made me treasure... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The whole experience of a tour at The House that Came Home was terrific, and far exceeded our expectations. The Maori greetings by the staff, the workmanship of the house, the experience of being in the house were all superb, but what was really quite something was the sound and light show in the house. No spoilers! So just make... More 

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