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.

Your journey at Mataatua (The Face of God) will Ignite the Soul within, as you discover the extraordinary story of the house that has travelled through time.  Mataatua is a living and breathing being and our authentic experience provides an opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Ngati Awa.  Be entralled as the carvings and legends of Ngati Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology.  A spine tingling experience, HIKO: Legends Carved in Light, is the 2011 GOLD Nga Aho award winner from the New Zealand Designers Institute.


Mataatua Maori Marae Experience
Authentic Maori Marae Experience with the focus of the experience being Mataatua, the House that came Home.

  • Visitor Centre – engage with hosts in the centre, and learn our stories from the “tree of knowledge”
  • Start the Spiritual Journey – with karakia (prayer) and the water bowl of life.
  • Karanga –a ceremonial call by our wahine (woman) to welcome you to Ngati Awa (the people of the area).
  • Mataatua – The Meeting House – Enter the wharenui (meeting house), the womb of our ancestor, Mataatua.
  • Hongi – greeting and pressing of noses. The hongi shares the breath of life through which you become one with us.
  • Our Stories – Learn about the travels and restoration of the house and tales of our ancestors.
  • Digital Light Show - Our GOLD award winning light show, HIKO Legends Carved in Light.
  • Refreshments - Share light refreshments with us including kawakawa tea and some indigenous tasters.

Easter 2014 onwards
OPEN 930 am - 400 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
PRE BOOKINGS on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday


EXPERIENCE MATAATUA

Authentic Maori Marae experience with the focus of the experience being Mataatua, the House that came Home.  Your journey at Mataatua (The Face of God) will Ignite the Soul within, as you discover the extraordinary story of the house that was travelled through time.  Mataatua is a living and breathing begin and our experience provides an opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Ngati Awa.

OUR VISITOR CENTRE

The Mataatua Visitor Centre is open to the public and holds the origins, beliefs, customs and traditions of our people. Here you will encounter the extraordinary story of Mataatua, the House that came Home. It also showcases work from local artists, merchandise specific to Mataatua - share so of this with your friends and family who haven't had the opportunity to visit Mataatua.

EVENT FACILITY

Mataatua, Te Mānuka Tūtahi offers a unique environment for those who want to host meetings, conferences and events. We have a full range of hosting facilities from a fully equipped kitchen to stunning open plan dining area. The grand meeting house, Mataatua, provides a once in a lifetime experience for your event.

SEE WHAKATANE

Whakatane is the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand, located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty there are attractions such as fishing, diving, hunting, historic trails, active volcano's, which can be viewed by sea or air, and so much more.
Make a weekend of it and stay local in one of the many accommodation providers.  Enjoy the local cuisine from an extensive range of cafe and restaurants, or dine in at Mataatua.

 

 

What you will experience

 

The Story

Hear the fascinating tale of the house that came home and you will understand what makes Mataatua Wharenui so very special. Discover the amazing journey that saw it travel to the other side of the world and, a century later, return home again.

Contact Us

Mataatua Te Mānuka Tūtahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatāne
PO Box 76, Whakatane 3158
Telephone: 07 308 4271
Fax: 07 307 0762
Mobile: (021) 2676709
Email: mataatua@ngatiawa.iwi.nz

 

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