Know Mataatua Cultural Immersion Experience

An unforgetable encounter with a story, 
a house and people. Where captivating indigenous story teller and world class digital technology combine to leave a warm and lasting impression of this powerful New Zealand experience.


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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.

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An alternative to other more commercial cultural omore 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.

Become part of the legend. Visit Mataatua today.


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Physical address

Know Mataatua Cultural Immersion Experience, 1 Mataatua St, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, 3158, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Seasonal hours - Summer 9 am - 4 pm (November - March).
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
25 mins from Whakatane airport to central business district.
Proximity to coach terminal:
10 minutes from Whakatane I-site.
Proximity to town:
Located in the central business district of Whakatane.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $125.00
(16 year(s) and under)

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