Be enthralled by the story of Mataatua Wharenui: The House That Came Home!

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Step inside the world of the Ngāti Awa people as you discover the legend of Mataatua Wharenui: the house that came home.

Your journey begins by being welcomed onto the marae and into the scared house through the ancient ritual of pōwhiri.

Marvel at the intricacy of the carved representations of the great ancestors of Ngāti Awa before two of the most famous traditions of our tribe are brought to life before your eyes in Hiko: Legends Carved in Light – the award-winning Mataatua visitor experience.

Your tour will conclude with an invitation to share some traditional kawakawa tea and famous kumara brownies in the adjoining wharekai (dining hall).

This 1-hour express tour is perfectly suited to those with tight itineraries.


  • Mataatua History DVD Screening
  • Forest of Knowledge
  • Pōwhiri (traditional ritual of encounter)
  • Hiko: Legends Carved in Light (the award-winning Mataatua digital experience)
  • Light refreshments (Kawakawa tea and kumara brownie)

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Business Hours:
April – November
9am – 2pm, Monday – Sunday

December – March
9am – 4pm, Monday – Sunday


Contact: Vai
Phone: 07 308 4271
Email: [email protected]
Address: 105 Muriwai Dr
City: Whakatane