Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi
Located in the centre of Whakatane, just 1 hour 20 minutes from Tauranga and 1 hour from Rotorua this house is finally home after being away for 136 years traveling the globe. Offering Maori Marae Experiences, Hangi, Cultural Performances, Scenic Tours, a Gift Shop and Conference & Events facilities in a fantastic setting.
After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting house – stands once again as the unifying soul of the Ngāti Awa tribe of Whakatāne, New Zealand.
Discover the extraordinary story of the house. Marvel at its grandeur and the beauty of the ancestral carvings. Be enthralled as the carvings and legends of Ngati Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology. Enjoy the legendary hospitality our people are renowned for. Meet the house. Meet the people.
Mataatua Maori Marae Experience $29.50: Traditional Maori Marae Experience including a sentry call, incantation to spiritually prepare yourself for the experience, welcome, greeting and introduction to the Marae, pressing of noses, Wharenui - entering the womb of the living ancestor, Hiko: Legends Carved in Light, interact with the carved ancestors, light refreshment. Time: 1 hour.
Scenic Tour Experience $29.50: Explore local sacred sites of significance, the rock where the tribal canoe first landed in Whakatane, the Whakatane River mouth, the waterfall and cave. Time: 1 hour.
How to find us
19 November - 11 December 2012: 11 am - 4 pm 12 December 2012 - 27 January 2013: 10 am - 4 pm 28 January - 30 March 2013: 11 am - 4 pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun
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