Marae Taputapuātea, Opoa

The ruins of a special place of worship and funerals, Marae Taputapuātea sits at the center of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taputapuātea, an area of forested valleys, lagoon, and open ocean. The rock walls and plinths remind visitors of the spiritual past of the islands, the influence of the sun on ceremonies, and the structures that were designed to show faith and worship. Culturally important and located in a scenic spot, the well-signposted site includes informative panels with texts and diagrams that help you imagine how the place of worship would have looked in the past. Plan your Marae Taputapuātea visit and explore what else you can see and do in Raiatea using our Raiatea trip itinerary website.
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  • On our drive around the island there are a number of Marae's. These are ancient sacred sites built centuries ago by the indigenous people of these islands and where they held their spiritual...  more »
  • I may be biased as I work in the culture and heritage field, but IMO this is a must see destination for anyone wanting to understand Pacific cultures and settlement, including New Zealand Aotearoa...  more »
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  • Really interesting site, with so much history. ashame they were out of English maps when we were there for knowing the detail of what each area was for. however we got a general understanding and googled it after.
  • Very Sacred Place...1000 years old

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