Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Whakatane

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#3 of 17 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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  • At Mataatua.Wharenui visitors are welcomed into a warm environment to be part of a personal experience filled with 'wairua Maori' - Maori spirituality. The guides are excellent and informative, The aw...  more »
  • The traditional Maori ceremony of a welcoming into their meeting house. The ceremony was carried out with sacred heartfelt honouring of their special place and their ancestors. This experience is an h...  more »
  • She was the only one for the tour but that did not mean she got a lesser tour. She spent a wonderful informative hour or so there and got a deeper understanding of the importance of the Mataatua whare...  more »

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