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WHO WE ARE

AN UNFORGETTABLE ENCOUNTER WITH A STORY, A HOUSE, AND A PEOPLE. WHERE CAPTIVATING INDIGENOUS STORYTELLERS AND WORLD-CLASS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY COMBINE TO LEAVE A WARM AND LASTING IMPRESSION OF THIS POWERFUL NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCE

Did you know?
When Mātaatua Wharenui was first opened in 1875, it was 79ft (24 metres) in length, 41 ft (12.5 metres) in width and 24ft (7.5 metres) high – which would have made it a colossal wharenui even by today’s standards.

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 more commercial cultural options available in the larger centres, Mataatua is a remarkably personal encounter defined by a rich and genuine insight into a fascinating culture, the legendary story of the house that came home and the warmth of welcome as visitors arrive and strangers, but leave as friends.

If commercial cultural attractions are not your cup of Kawakawa tea, and a personal, interactive and genuine immersion into Māori culture is what you seek, make your way to Mataatua today.