Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Whakatane

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.9/5 based on 65+ 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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  • Nice and very informative display. An extraordinary building with lots of history and stories of the region from the early settlers day. Did not attend the show, the tour, but I understand the tour is...  read more »
  • This was a great way to experience and learn about Maori Culture and the impact of white settlement . While the story of the house is very moving. The guide was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and wi...  read more »
  • I cannot recommend this highly enough! Our guide was friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. We were taken through a moving Maori greeting ceremony before being shown around this wonderful house, we w...  read more »
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