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Mataatua: The House That Came Home
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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
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Tokoroa, New Zealand
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Probably the best

We arrived with no booking and were the only people in the visitor centre which is beautifully laid... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2020
Ken S
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2021 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: January 2021
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Reviewed 5 October 2020

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?

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Ken S
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Reviewed 24 September 2020

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.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 20 March 2020

We were so welcomed by Tome our host, as we were formally introduced to their ancestral home. A delight to say the the least.

Date of experience: March 2020
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Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: February 2020
Thank Ron Jan C
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Mataatua, Guest Relations Manager at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 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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