Te Papa-i-Ouru marae is located within the papakainga of Ōhinemutu on the lakefront of Rotorua City. 6 hapu of Ngāti Whakaue are associated with Ngāti Te Papa-i-Ouru marae and are collectively known as Te Koromatua o Ngāti Whakaue. This marae has existed on the same site for over 600 years and takes its name from the geothermal warmed slab of rock concealed in the area. Te Papa-i-Ouru remains the paramount meeting place of all of Te Arawa for all major functions.
The whare tipuna is named Tamatekapua after the captain of Te Arawa, the waka that sailed from Taputapuatea (Ra'iatea) to Maketu over 20 generations ago. The wharekai is called Whakatūria after Tama's younger brother who remained in Ra'iatea with his father Houmaitawhiti. Tamatekapua meeting house was first opened in 1872, Some of the carvings originated from the first Tamatekapua, built on Mokoia Island c.1800.