Fodor's Expert Review Te Poho o Rawiri Meeting House

Gisborne Historic District/Site

One of the largest Māori marae (meetinghouses) in New Zealand has an intriguing interior with complex traditional carvings. One example is the tekoteko, a kneeling human figure with the right hand raised to challenge those who enter. There are also unusual alcoves and a stage framed by carvings; it's essentially a meetinghouse within a meetinghouse. Photography is not allowed inside. On the side of the hill stands the 1930s Toko Toro Tapu Church. You'll need permission to explore either site; contact the Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

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At Ranfurly St. and Queens Dr.
Gisborne, Gisborne  4010, New Zealand

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Rate Includes: Donations requested.

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