Important Notice

Due to coronavirus the Taumata and Trustees regret to advise whānau that Otamatea Marae is closed from 23 March to 31 May 2020. This means Marae facilities are not available for use during this time. The decision will be reviewed at the end of May. The urupā will remain open.

Local police will be keeping an eye on all Marae activity to ensure that government restrictions are being maintained. In the interests of safety for all New Zealanders we ask whānau to obey all government directives during these difficult and uncertain times.

Holding tangihanga during this time…


Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te whārangi ipurangi o Otamatea Marae o Ngāti Whātua ki Tānoa i te rohe o Otamatea.

Welcome to the website for Otamatea Marae of the Ngāti Whātua tribe.  Ngāti Whātua’s tribal area stretches from the Tāmaki River in the south, to Maunganui Bluff on the west coast in the north, and to Whangarei Harbour on the east coast.

We are located at Tānoa near Maungatūroto in the former historical district of Otamatea.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

About Otamatea Marae

Otamatea Marae was established in 1946 as the tupuna marae for Ngāti Whātua people.  Our wharenui Aotearoa was originally the whare rūnanga at Shelly Beach which opened in 1887. It was relocated to Tānoa to sit alongside Kakaraea Church in remembrance of the 1825 battle of Te Ika ā Ranganui.

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Explore Our Website

Take the time to explore our website and find out about the Otamatea River, our church Kakaraea, Marae governance and management, and our customs and protocols including tangihanga and unveiling. Information on how to book the Marae and Kakaraea including rates and terms and conditions can be found on our bookings page.


Stay connected and we will keep you informed about current projects and progress towards our goals.

Book Otamatea Marae or Kakaraea Church now via our online booking request form.

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