"Maori Treasures and Performances" Top 5 Page for this destination Auckland Museum and Domain Tip by Kakapo2

Auckland Museum and Domain, Auckland: 44 reviews and 100 photos

  Inside the historic Maori meeting hall.
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  • Inside the historic Maori meeting hall. - Auckland
      Inside the historic Maori meeting hall.
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  • The war canoe made from one single totara trunk. - Auckland
      The war canoe made from one single totara trunk.
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  • Food stores were always built on poles. - Auckland
      Food stores were always built on poles.
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You find some of the best examples of Maori meeting halls and food stores in this museum. They were saved when traditional Maori villages started to disappear at the end of the 19th century. However, as Maori tribes have started to reclaim those treasures (taonga) it is well possible that those wonderful pieces will disappear in the not too far future.

The biggest meeting house (whare whakairo) is Hotunui. It was built in Thames in 1878. You will see brilliant carvings on the outside and the inside. Before you walk inside please take your shoes off, this is the traditional Maori protocol.

Te Toki a Tariri is the only remaining war canoe (waka taua) from the pre-European era. It is 25 metres long and could hold up to 100 warriors. It was made near Wairoa in Hawkes Bay from a single totara trunk. Already in 1885 it was given to the Museum.

Several food stores ? they look like mini meeting halls on stilts - and wonderfully carved statues complete the collection.

There are daily cultural performances on offer. They include dancing and the haka (war dance), and the Maori performers explain rules and customs.

Hours (May to December) 11am, 12noon, 1.30 pm; from January to April an additional performance at 2.30pm.

Charges are $ 20 for adults, and $ 10 for children.

Museum open daily (except Christmas Day) 10am - 5pm


Museum info line (09) 306 7067
Booking line (09) 306 7048
General Enquiries (09) 309 0443
Internet: www.aucklandmuseum.com
Email newsletter: news@aucklandmuseum.com

Photo 2 shows the war canoe which dates back to pre-European times.

On photo 3 you see a Maori food store.

Address: Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Phone: 09 306 - 7067
Website: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 17, 2008
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