We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Mataatua: The House That Came Home
Save
Review Highlights
Amazing experience.

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
georginasisam
,
Auckland Central, New Zealand
via mobile
So informative

Can’t speak highly enough of the staff and the tour I did at ‘Mataatua’ today. I’m not a foreign... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2021
Marvy2
,
Tokoroa, New Zealand
via mobile
Read all 132 reviews
  
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Whakatane
from US$137.47
More Info
from US$183.29
More Info
from US$116.16
More Info
from US$118.38
More Info
Reviews (132)
Filter reviews
132 results
Traveller rating
108
19
3
1
1
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveller rating
108
19
3
1
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews light show maori experience local culture fried bread worth taking the time brownie visiting whakatane guided tour couple of hours great guide amazing experience wharenui carvings awa maras history video
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
9 - 14 of 132 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2020

this is a very sacred whare, only took photos from the outside, as you will need to be escorted onto the premises, most likely a powhiri, Great to see the Ngati awa tangata have got their whare back, Very special to see this in Whakatane

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Mayana D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2020

Kia ora Mayana D,

Tēnā koe i wāu nā mihi mai ki a mātou o Ngāti Awa.

Thanks for your kind words. We're so fortunate to have Mataatua back and we're grateful for the many hours successive leaders of our iwi tirelessly and selflessly dedicated to the fight to have the house of our ancestors returned. E kore e mimiti te puna mihi kia rātou!

Thanks again for your warm compliments and we hope to one day host you at Mataatua if you ever return to Whakatāne.

Ngā mihi mahana

Te Whānau @ Mataatua

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 November 2019 via mobile

Recommended. Well organized and presented, with the best sound and light show we have seen. A good way to gain a little insight into Maori history and culture.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Carryonupthekhyber
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2020

Kia ora Carryonupthekhyber,

Thanks for your kind words and compliments, we're glad you enjoyed your time with us. We're very proud of Hiko: Legends Carved in Light, the Mataatua digital spectacle, and it's great to know it's still winning fans, as it has done since day one.

Thanks again and kia haumaru te hāere - travel safe!

Ngā mihi mahana

Te Whānau @ Mataatua

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 October 2019

We loved our morning here. Felt so welcomed and learnt a great deal. The experience was very personal. l

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank kswindail
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2020

Tēnā koe kswindail,

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, but we just wanted to say thank you very much for, first of all, taking the time out to visit us here at Mataatua and then posting such kind feedback. We're very grateful.

Ngā mihi mahana

Te Whānau @ Mataatua

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
2  Thank wetraveln0w
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
Thank Darcie704
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews