A RICH HERITAGE
Exciting events, art exhibits, stories and legends – check out this guide on how to immerse yourself in the cultural flavours of the Bay.
EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE
Mataatua: The House That Came Home
Experience the unforgettable Mataatua Wharenui, a fully carved Māori ancestral house that travelled the world for over a century before returning home to its people, the Ngāti Awa tribe of Whakatāne. Marvel at the intricacy of the carved representations of the great chiefs of Ngāti Awa, before two of the most famous legends of the tribe are brought to life before your eyes in Hiko: Legends Carved in Light – the award winning Mataatua visitor experience.
DISCOVER THE LEGENDS
The story of Mauao
Mauao (Mount Maunganui) is an iconic landmark, loved by locals and considered a treasured ancestor by Māori. Walk around the base track (keep your eyes peeled for little blue penguins and seals!) or climb to the top for spectacular panoramic views.
Keep the camera handy – as one of the most popular short walks and climbs in New Zealand, Mauao boasts spectacular scenery you’ll want to capture and share. #mountmaunganui #mauao #bayofplentynz
Discover the stories of Mauao by downloading the Arataki Cultural Trails app: arataki.co
UNEARTH THE HISTORY
The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga
The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga is one of the oldest heritage sites in New Zealand.
As a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Journey through the expansive grounds, and enjoy a guided tour of the historic house and library.
The Elms is open from 10am - 4pm seven days a week except Christmas Day.
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ART, HERITAGE & CULTURE EXPERIENCES