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Whakatane, Bay of Plenty

Mataatua the house that came home – Maori Cultural Experiences

Mataatua is the extraordinary story of a house that travelled the world during the 19th century. It eventually returned to the Ngati Awa iwi (tribe) in 2011. The polished digital story of the meeting house is world class. Visitors are allowed to touch the intricately carved poles representing significant figures in the Ngati Awa history. The woven panels of flax are beautiful. Join a guided tour with Rangitaiki Tours. You’ll be taken to significant cultural and natural landmarks with these passionate local guides who will help you make a true connection to Whakatane.


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