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Mataatua: The House That Came Home

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Kirsty P wrote a review Jan 2021
Tokoroa, New Zealand31 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Ken S wrote a review Oct 2020
Warrington, United Kingdom23 contributions12 helpful votes
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?
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Vee wrote a review Sep 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Margo Peter Robin & Jason wrote a review Mar 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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retiredbutnotexpired wrote a review Mar 2020
Taupo District, New Zealand3 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home
Responded 14 Mar 2020
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!
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