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Culture and History in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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St. Faith's Anglican Church and Tamatekapua

Rotorua

Churches and lighthouses

The Tudor building of St. Faith’s church is an extraordinary sight. Gently hissing and simmering puddles create an eerie yet strangely calming ambience around the church and concrete graves that rest above ground. An etched image of Christ hovers frozen in a window and looks as if it is walking on Lake Rotorua. Christ is depicted in a korowai (a Maori chief’s cloak) and the insides of the church are distinctly adorned with Maori carvings and woven wall panels, a symbolic expression of Maori faith embracing Christianity. Opposite St. Faith’s church is the Tamatekapua meeting house, the main gathering place of the Arawa tribe, and an equally impressive building.

St. Faith's Anglican Church and Tamatekapua
  • Prices: Free.
  • Contact: Ohinemutu
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Montana National Jazz Festival in Tauranga

Tauranga

Festivals

For five days over Easter, Tauranga throbs to the harmonious notes of the longest-running jazz festival in the southern hemisphere. Featuring the best of New Zealand and world jazz in a beatiful seaside setting, the experience is perfect for both jazz buffs, and those of us that can't really tell a wrong note from a right 'un, but can tap our feet to the beat, and love the fine wines and the sunshine.

  • Tel: 07-577-7018
  • Email: festival@jazz.org.nz
  • Web: www.jazz.org.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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The Historic Elms Mission House

Tauranga

Museums

Alfred A. Brown (1803 - 1884) bought a slice of land from the Maori people where he built a mission station in 1844 and called his home ‘The Elms'. He would probably still recognise the property - with its small chapel and free-standing library in the garden - today, as it remains virtually unchanged from the early European settlement years. The library provides a home to most of the original books and the late-Georgian décor remains true to the period style.

  • Prices: Admission for adults $5, children 50c. Grounds open daily free of charge.
  • Contact: Mission Street, Tauranga
  • Tel: 07-577 9772
  • Fax: 07-577 9782
  • Email: theelms@enternet.co.nz
  • Web: www.theelms.org.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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  • Rotorua is one of the primary Maori settlement hotspots and there are stacks of cultural shows and experiences to choose from. The young and enthusiastic members of 'Mitai' run the most authentic and energetic show.
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