The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Travel Guide

The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Sights

Mataatua Maori Marae

  • 105 Muriwai Dr. Map It
  • Whakatane
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Mataatua, one of the most beautiful carved wharenui (meetinghouses) in Maoridom, endured a 130-year-long indignity, traveling to museums around New Zealand, Australia, and England, and being rebuilt in various forms. In 2011 the house was returned home to the Ngāti Awa people of this area and restored. For a truly enriching cultural experience, take a tour with these people as they explain tribal protocols, share the history of their wharenui (including song and chants and an outstanding light show), and host you with refreshments. The adjacent retail store showcases contemporary designer clothing and jewelry.

Sight Information


105 Muriwai Dr., Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, 3120, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$49

Published 08/30/2016


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