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Mataatua: The House That Came Home
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Tino Pai

Professional and extremely informative experience. The mana of this house and it's whanau really... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2021
Andrea Mark and J
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Raumati South, New Zealand
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Amazing experience.

A wonderful experience that broadens and deepens your knowledge of Maori and local culture. Highly... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2021
georginasisam
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 July 2019

I wasn't really excited about this activity, but we had a couple of free hours before our next scheduled activity and a lady at the tourist office highly recommended it. So glad we went. Usually, I don't enjoy "cultural" activities - they feel forced and fake. This one didn't. And the story of the meeting house is interesting, plus, you get the opportunity to observe the carvings and weavings up close. The snacks afterward and the conversation with our guide Tam were also great. Overall, a worthwhile experience. Would highly recommend it.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2020

Kia ora wetraveln0w,

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you but we just wanted to say thanks so much for the awesome feedback and that we're glad you had such a great time spending time with us! We feel very privileged to be able to share our unique culture, history and traditions with visitors from all over the world and it's nice to know our commitment to being sincere and genuine in the way we host our visitors is recognised and valued.

Thanks again e hoa, and we'll be sure to pass on your compliments to Tame!

Ngā mihi mahana

Te Whānau @ Mataatua

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Reviewed 4 June 2019 via mobile

From the formal welcome onto the Marae to the Maori fried bread and Kawakawa tea after the light show this was a wonderful experience. The story of the meeting house removal for overseas exhibitions exposes our early colonial thinking. The story of the settlement of Whakatane told in a light show on the meeting house walls was very clever highlighting various aspects of the carvings to tell the story. Our guide was very informative and approachable. Highly recommended to fellow Kiwis. It’s not just for the tourists.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2020

Kia ora Darcie704,

Sorry it has taken so long to respond to your comment and thanks so much for your kind words, especially for highlighting that Mataatua is an experience relevant to all New Zealanders. As you would have learned when you visited, Mataatua Wharenui was showcased at the most significant international exhibitions of the late 1800s and early 1900s, making it one of our country's earliest representatives!

Thanks again for helping us get the word out to our fellow Kiwis!

Ngā mihi mahana

Te Whānau @ Mataatua

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Reviewed 19 May 2019 via mobile

What a passionate and experienced crew. The young people knew their stuff and were obviously very passionate about their culture. Beautifully restored Maori meeting house. Great ‘show’ all round. Really worth the visit.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2020

Kia ora MollyD1953,

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, but we just wanted to say thanks for your very kind feedback. We love what we do, and it makes it all the more enjoyable when our visitors take time out to let us know what a good time they had sharing in our sacred house and culture, so thanks heaps for that!

Ngā mihi mahana

Te Whānau @ Mataatua

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Reviewed 22 April 2019

We just called in one day to have a look inside and found that entry to the wharenui was at set times and as we had other commitments that day we decided to come back the following day and booked a time. Certainly very pleaseed that we did decide to return as we were very warmly welcomed by the two young adults who were to conduct the powhiri. There was one other couple who had booked for that same slot as us. Firstly we were shown a video which explained something of the history and then had the powhiri process explained. Although only for the four of us the formal welcome on to the marae and into and inside the wharenui was beautifully conducted and did not feel as just 'lip service' was being given to it. For us it was very gratifying to hear the couple visiting from the UK say how moving it was for them and how much more 'real' it felt than their other experiences of Maori culture so far in their time in NZ.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 15 April 2019 via mobile

What an amazing experience. So wonderful and moving to hear the history of this beautiful building. Although I live in the town and know some history I didn't realize how far the building had travelled or how long it had been gone for. Definitely a must do. And the light show is a highlight

Date of experience: April 2019
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