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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  • 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 Ma...  more »
  • 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  more »
  • 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 .....  more »
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