Visitor Centre & Gift Shop
Discover Whakatane & Mataatua Te Manuka Tutahi
The Visitor Centre holds the origins, beliefs, customs and traditions of our people. Here you will encounter the extraordinary story of Mataatua Wharenui - the great carved house that travelled the globe and, a century later, came home again. After purchasing your tickets spend time looking through the gift shop before your experience begins.
Mataatua Maori Marae Experience
1 HOUR TOUR
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 refreshments.
2 HOUR TOUR
Add a hangi lunch or dinner to your experience. hangi is Māori cuisine at its finest, cooked to give the taste of the earth infused into an array of meat and vegetables. PRE BOOKINGS ONLY.
1 HOUR TOUR
Explore local sacred sites of significance, the rock where the tribal canoe first landed in Whakatane, the Whakatane River mouth, the waterfall and cave.
Conference & Events 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.