Know Mataatua Cultural Immersion Experience
Distinctively different from the conventional ‘hāngi and show’, Know Mataatua has been custom-tailored for visitors who would rather live the culture, than have it performed to them.
In the sacred setting of the house that came home, you are introduced to the history, the customs, the culture and the Māori people of Mataatua. In the house of the greatest ancestors, you are invited to participate in a range of ancient rituals and important customary practices that define the Ngāti Awa Māori tribe of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Discover, become familiar with and participate in genuine Māori culture in a warm and welcoming environment, guided every step of the way by your Pou Arahi, who will make sure you understand enough to experience the magic and significance of each moment. Following a guided tour and interactive cultural workshops, the experience in Mataatua Wharenui concludes with Hiko: Legends Carved in Light, before you are invited to into the wharekai (dining hall) for a sumptuous feast, comprising a selection of local delicacies and indigenous cuisine.
Poroporoaki (ritual of farewell) is the final act of the experience, where you are presented with a small tāonga (gift) in acknowledgement of the honour you have bestowed on the tribe by travelling great distances to visit their sacred house.