Mataatua - The House That Came Home

In Whakatāne, New Zealand’s longest continually occupied settlement and gateway to Whakaari (White Island), you will find 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. An alternative to other cultural options one-hour’s drive away in Rotorua, Mataatua is an unforgettably personal encounter with a story, a sacred treasure and its people, where captivating indigenous storytellers and world class digital technology combine to leave a warm and lasting impression of this powerful Māori cultural experience. If commercial cultural attractions are not your cup of Kawakawa tea, and a personal, interactive and genuine insight into Māori culture is what you seek, make your way to Mataatua today.

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