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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 7-308 4271
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The I Site told us about this place so we went to see it. A young man there showed us around then... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
gjsamson
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Halifax, Canada
An awesome insight into the history of Whakatane

This was one of the most inspirational places I have ever visited, The guide was incredible with an... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
ShellyAlain
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AlAin UAE
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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 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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Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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+64 7-308 4271
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Reviewed 31 May 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

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Reviewed 17 May 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

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Reviewed 20 April 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.

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Reviewed 3 April 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

Thank Sharon S
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Reviewed 31 March 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!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Mataatua Cultural Museum: Just a few feet from the White Island Rendezvous Hotel, the center offers an excellent opportunity to learn directly from Maori about the building’s unique history as well Maori culture. We had a very informative extended conversation with the Maori guide who...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Beautiful house with an amazing story. The staff really knew their history and culture. It was great they shared it with us. Well worth paying for the tour

Thank Jon W
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Driving by this Maori building stands out so much so that you are beckoned to visit. It has a sign saying "the house that came home". Carved in 1870's as a Maori tribe's Marae or meeting house. BUT .... in 1879 amidst many ongoing disputes...More

Thank Whitehavengirl43
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

It’s a shame that the man at the front was rather unpleasant because he lost my business. I walked through the house and asked if there were any tours or anything to do and he was rude and abrasive and make excuses because it was...More

Thank Brittany B
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Leonie S, Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Tēnā koe Brittany, My name is Leonie and I am Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, who manage Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae and Mataatua Wharenui. We strive to extend the warmest of hospitality to all of our guests and I am disappointed to...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Tino pai mai i te timata ki te mutunga. Very helpful and knowledgeable young staff. An excellent experience and have recommended this to our friends and whānau as a MUST DO experience.

Thank Trish K
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