Mataatua: The House That Came Home, Whakatane

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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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  • We were so welcomed by Tome our host, as we were formally introduced to their ancestral home. A delight to say the the least.  more »
  • Fortunately, this was our very first Maori experience, and it was very personal and moving. Highly recommend!! I think any other more commercialized Maori experience will pale in comparison.  more »
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  • So thankful that we came across this during our visit. We spent almost two hours sharing cultures while witnessing and engaging in traditional spoken and sung lore. The multimedia presentation in the historic lodge was worth the price of admission alone.
  • I found this place by wandering around the town and I’m glad that I found this gem and did the tour. The guide was super and told us a lot about the Māori culture. The lightshow was amazing! If you are still thinking about going - GO! It’s awesome!
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