Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Whakatane

(4.8/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
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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  • To start with: YOU MUST SEE this place! An exceptional presentation in a breathtaking Wharenui. Nothing seen like this throughout our entire trip. Great chance to learn about Maori history and mytholo...  more »
  • We were surprised at the in depth learning experience at the Mataatua Meeting House tour. It is pricey $40 NZD for adults...and there does not seem to be a set timing schedule for the tour, but the ex...  more »
  • We were only the two of us but that didn't matter, we were warmly welcomed and got the whole story including light refreshments afterwards. A very special experience which taught us a lot about Maori ...  more »