Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Whakatane
(4.9/5 based on 70 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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  • I took a group to visit The House. The tour was very informative and The House is a very important part of Mataatua History. The tour guide was very informative about The House and the Mataatua histor...  more »
  • Was very informative, welcoming and friendly, enjoyed the cultural experience, loved the light show, and the food was amazing, well done guys, loved it!!! 
  • 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...  more »