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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
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+64 7-308 4271
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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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Great introduction to Maori culture

If you are in or near Whakatane you should not miss out on this place. The story behind the house and the full experience of a tour is immersing you in Maori culture and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bram G
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited the outside and watched the video at the vistor center. If you're looking to see the inside of a meeting house, it would be better to visit one in a museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are in or near Whakatane you should not miss out on this place. The story behind the house and the full experience of a tour is immersing you in Maori culture and tradition. Our very friendly guides took us on a journey first telling us about the history of the building and then performing a traditional welcoming ceremony... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had our Rotary change over event here and it was quite enjoyable, well organised and food was excellent. Have to admit was a little underwhelmed by light show although it was interesting. All in all an enjoyable and well put together event.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got a private guided tour with a traditional welcome, loads of information on maori tradition, culture and lore – and a lovely tee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great insight to history and and great way to learn about the way of the indigenous people of New Zealand. Better information than the theatrical version in Rotorua.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the most amazing experience there!! my Dad speaks very limited English and they were so understanding and friendly that they allowed us time for translation etc. I can strongly recommend this Marae to everyone. We are very proud to be a part of this great cultural experience. Amazing people and amazing place !!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

I took a group to visit The House. The tour was very informative and The House is a very important part of Mataatua History. The tour guide was very informative about The House and the Mataatua history. They put on a light show inside that is amazing. I really enjoyed my visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Was very informative, welcoming and friendly, enjoyed the cultural experience, loved the light show, and the food was amazing, well done guys, loved it!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2016

Nice and very informative display. An extraordinary building with lots of history and stories of the region from the early settlers day. Did not attend the show, the tour, but I understand the tour is worth seeing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016

This was a great way to experience and learn about Maori Culture and the impact of white settlement . While the story of the house is very moving. The guide was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and willing to share his knowledge. You don't often get to understand how a culture is connected not only to other members of the tribe but... More 

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