Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Whakatane

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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. Make Mataatua: The House That Came Home part of your personalized Whakatane itinerary using our Whakatane vacation planner.
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  • Even if you have toured several other Maori meeting houses, Mataatua Wharennui is definitely worth your time. The thought-provoking story of the house is introduced in a short, 8 minute video. Then th...  more »
  • On our recent visit to Whakatane we were very disappointed not to be able to see inside the Meeting House. Just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere was an experience. Having visited various M...  more »
  • Afternoon at the Mataatua Cultural Experience Centre, filled with the Welcome Ceremony, the light show which clearly demonstrates all important information including the origin of the town name 'Whaka...  more »
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  • Culturally significant experience delivered by amazing staff. Light show beautifully represents local history