Mataatua: The House That Came Home

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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

Mataatua: The House That Came Home
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After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's only repatriated and most travelled Maori meeting house - stands once again as the unifying soul of the Ngati Awa (one of the Maori tribes of the Bay of Plenty) New Zealand. Built in 1875, it travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Victoria & Albert Museum and South Kensington Museum (London), Dunedin and Otago (South Island) before being rebuilt back in its place of origin, Whakatane, in 2011. Your journey at Mataatua (The Face of God) will Ignite the Soul within, as you discover the extraordinary story of the house that has travelled through time. Mataatua is a living and breathing being and our experience provides an opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Ngati Awa. Be enthralled as the carvings and legends of Ngati Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology. A spine tingling experience, HIKO; Legends Carved in Light, is the 2011 GOLD Nga Aho award winner from the New Zealand Designers Institute.
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andreajennynz
Raumati South, New Zealand35 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Professional and extremely informative experience. The mana of this house and it's whanau really shines through. Deliciously refreshing kawakawa tea, excellentMaori bread, and moreish Kumara brownie. Highly recommended.
Written 14 October 2021
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Latimers
Auckland, New Zealand68 contributions
May 2021
We booked online for a 10:00 am tour on Saturday. When we got there there was nobody else there and the place was totally locked up.

Not a good look!
Written 21 May 2021
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georginasisam
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
A wonderful experience that broadens and deepens your knowledge of Maori and local culture. Highly recommend for anyone visiting Whakatane. Excellent hosts and guides. Welcoming, authentic, knowledgeable, interesting and talented. I wish all tours were like this one!
Written 26 April 2021
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Kirsty P
Tokoroa, New Zealand32 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Can’t speak highly enough of the staff and the tour I did at ‘Mataatua’ today. I’m not a foreign tourist - so was seeing it from a ‘Kiwi ‘point of view. The staff were friendly and welcoming - the tour itself was well worth the $, interesting and informative, I knew so much more about the early Maori history of the area and of the wharenui itself by the end of it. The light show is just amazing and the snack at the end delicious.
Written 12 January 2021
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Ken S
Warrington, UK23 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We arrived with no booking and were the only people in the visitor centre which is beautifully laid out with helpful and knowledgeable staff available but never pushy.
We booked the tour later that day and found when we got back there were just the two of us. Thought it might be a bit awkward but the genuine welcome and the personality of the guide made it such a lovely experience.
Add the way the history is presented, the audio visual history, the bread, cake and tea, the complete lack of commerciality and the beauty of the house and you have the perfect way to spend a couple of hours.
We didn't go to any other Maori experiences while in NZ, why go somewhere inferior after this?
Written 5 October 2020
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Vee
1 contribution
Nov 2019
This is a spectacular wharenui and what an amazing tour to match. The tangata whenua were so warm and welcoming. The culture, the history and the learning about this wharenui and the tangata whenua is just amazing. I Highly recommend to visit this beautiful, historic one of a kind place. I honestly can't stop thinking about what a spectacular amazing place is it.
Written 23 September 2020
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Mar 2020 • Friends
We were so welcomed by Tome our host, as we were formally introduced to their ancestral home. A delight to say the the least.
Written 19 March 2020
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retiredbutnotexpired
Taupo District, New Zealand3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
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.
Written 13 March 2020
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Kia ora retiredbutnotexpired (great handle btw!) Thanks so much for your complimentary review, it’s great to know our commitment to delivering genuine and authentic cultural experiences is appreciated! Thanks again! Ngā mihi mahana Te whānau @ Mataatua!
Written 14 March 2020
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Nicole B
Santa Barbara, CA9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
If you are looking to learn more about the culture and history of the Maori people this spectacular tour will leave you speechless. I had no idea what to expect, and while I won’t share everything I learned I can tell you the light show was one of the highlights of the experience. The people who work there are so genuine and authentic - I felt completely welcomed into their home. Also, if you pick the longer tour (I recommend it) know that they will feed you a light snack at the end of the tour. Culturally significant and historically important, this was my favorite thing to do in Whakatane.
Written 2 March 2020
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Kia ora 515nicoleg, Thanks so much for your kind words, we're really humbled you thought so much of the time you spent with us. Our team here feel very privileged to be able to share the uniqueness of our Ngāti Awa culture with visitors, and it's awesome to know our commitment to always be genuine and authentic is appreciated and valued. Thank you again for the wonderful compliments and we hope to see you again at Mataatua one day! Ngā mihi mahana The whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,241 contributions
Feb 2020
Time constraints stopped us doing the tour but we managed the short video (highly interesting) and had a look around the entry area. Lovely staff there - all very friendly and helpful. Next time we'll definitely do the tour - have been on a number of Marae in the past and this one looks to have an extra reason for visiting. Highly recommend
Written 21 February 2020
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Kia ora Grant N, Sorry for not responding earlier, but we just wanted to thank you for your awesome feedback. Although you didn't get time to do one of the experiences, we're pleased to know you enjoyed the video and were well looked after while you were there. We hope to see you back here at Mataatua one day, but in the mean time: kia haumaru te hāere e hoa - travel safe my friend! Ngā mihi mahana The whānau @ Mataatua
Written 9 March 2020
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