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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

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Fascinating Place

This review is rather overdue - I thought I had submitted it, and found the draft months later! As... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
New Plymouth
Very special place

We were the only two on the tour so we thoroughly enjoyed the special Ngati Awa people welcome to... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
David S
Melbourne, Australia
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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...more
Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This review is rather overdue - I thought I had submitted it, and found the draft months later! As it happened, I was the only visitor on the day I came. Pretty much everyone else at the motel was off to White Island, but put...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

We were the only two on the tour so we thoroughly enjoyed the special Ngati Awa people welcome to their meeting house. The building is magnificent and the colourful carvings are simply wonderful. The light show and digital experience, the two enthusiastic young guides and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

The MataAtua - The House that Came Home has an outstanding history and the Ngati Awa people have done well with preserving this historical house and are proud of them for sharing its history with the world. Kia Kaha Ngati Awa - Proud of you...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Went here with a group of people who weren't from the area - took them here to showcase the history of this place.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

loved the history and stories behind Mataatua. The lunch was yummy too. A great way to learn about the first Maori that came to NZ. So much to do in Whakatane

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

The I Site told us about this place so we went to see it. A young man there showed us around then we watched a video on the house and the history of the building. Although we couldn't go into the actual building it is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

This was one of the most inspirational places I have ever visited, The guide was incredible with an incredible voice.The entire visit was filled with historical knowledge the story of how this Marai traveled the world

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

Awesome light show, amazing carvings and friendly and engaging hosts. A good way to learn about the Maori history and culture of the area, and the fascinating story of Mataatua.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Congratulations to all the Mataatua team for a first class presentation of their story. I arranged a visit for a large party of international visitors (USA, Canada, Japan, Australia) and we were treated to the best cultural experience I have found. From the explanation of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

My whanau and I thoroughly enjoyed this cultural experience. The guide was amazing. So genuine and down to earth. The pohiri was awesome and the light show was one of a kind. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: March 2018
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