We took the tour of the Mataatua wharenui as a family group and found this to be a really authentic cultural tourism experience that provided the right amount of history - creativity - vision. I've been to many places around the world and would have to say this ranks in the top 5 for authenticity and experience. I won't describe the whole event as it would spoil things, but suffice it to say, there are many elements to the tour, cultural, audio-visual, interactive and reflective. I'd strongly recommend this for those interested in Maori culture, history of Ngati Awa people of Whakatane and an extraordinary story of cultural misappropriation and the determination of Ngati Awa to have their ancestral house returned to them.
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