Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Whakatane

4.8
#3 of 16 in Museums in Bay of Plenty Region
Immerse yourself in Maori culture at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, an authentic meeting house with an impressive story. Built in 1875, it traveled throughout Australia, England, and New Zealand for 150 years before being repatriated back to its place of origin in 2011. The house represents the unified soul of the Ngati Awa, a Maori tribe, and invites visitors to share in its cultural significance. The meeting house integrates history, architecture, and technology all while providing an educational and spiritual experience. Storytelling, chant, song, dance, lights, and food involve all the senses to create an enlightening visit. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Whakatane trip simple and quick.
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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 we watched a video on the house and the history of the building. Although we couldn't go into the actu...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Amazing cultural experience! The main thing to look at is a Maori Carved meeting house and their tour of it is well worth the time an money. They walk you through the Maori introduction when entering a meeting place, tell you about their culture and art form. You get a really personal experience with the art and the culture. Before you leave the meeting house there is a light show revolving around 3 of the local myths/ancestors. This show completely blew me away! There's plenty of time to talk with the guide and ask questions, ours was Tame! At the end there was also a tea and snack time which was a nice conclusion. If you do not want to spend the money on the tour, they have a great visitor's center next to the house which holds a lot of information on the Maori culture, the history and heritage of the area and of the journey the meeting house took. There is also a 5 minute video you can watch for free. You can take a look around the outside of the meeting house, but can only go inside if there's not a tour or other event on.
  • Very informative display and welcome, great that the Marae finally gat back home
  • Excellent presentation and light show. Presenter knowledgeable and friendly.
  • A very entertaining and informative tour plus lunch.
  • The lightshow OMGGG amazing 😍👍💯
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