Recently opened, overlooking the Hokianga Harbour, is the international standard “Manea Footprints of Kupe” interactive Cultural & Heritage centre.
The story of Kupe’s voyage to & from the Hokianga leaps to life in a powerful retelling by the staff in the centre. Aided by cutting edge visual effects, the enthusiastic actors bring history to the present in a 20 minute 4D experience. (By “4D”, I mean that as well as sound, and sight, visitors get to feel and smell the presentation. You will know what I mean after you have seen the show – no spoilers here!)
The entire visitor experience is around 75 minutes in duration as the young hosts immerse you into their descendants world with waiata, karakia, and story and legend. Make sure that you take time to examine the carvings. These are some of the finest examples from the best craftsmen in New Zealand.
The Manea experience presents our local lore and history at a new level of professional entertainment. Even as a born and bred Northlander – I was impressed!