An unforgettable encounter with a story, a house and people. Where captivating indigenous story teller and world class digital technology combine to leave a warm and lasting impression of this powerful New Zealand experience.

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In Whakatāne, New Zealand’s longest continually occupied settlement sits the revered 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 Māori tribe of the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Considered by many as the beating heart of the Ngāti Awa people, a visit to Mataatua is a remarkably personal encounter defined by a rich and genuine insight into history, the customs, the culture and the legendary story of the house that came home.

Arrive a stranger, leave a friend with unforgettable memories of the house, the people, and the land of Ngāti Awa and Mataatua.

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Business Hours:
Seasonal hours - Summer 9 am - 4 pm (November - March).

Months of Operation:
All months of the year


Proximity to town:
Located in the central business district of Whakatane.

Proximity to airport:
25 minutes from Whakatane Airport to central business district.

Proximity to bus:
10 minutes from Whakatane i-SITE.

Is available on Mataatua Street, Muriwai Drive and Toroa Street right outside the facility.

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Adult $125
Child $60

Activity Duration:
From 1 hour to 2 hours

Cancellation Policy:
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that there are guidelines in the unfortunate event of cancellations being made.
Visitors wishing to purchase the Mataatua Maori Marae Experience, Footsteps of our Ancestors and/or hangi, are not required to pay a deposit however we do encourage payment upon booking.
Cancellations made 5 days or more prior to the booked experience being undertaken is entitled to a 100% refund.
Cancellations less than 4 days will result in a nil refund.