Hauiti Marae in Tolaga Bay, north of Gisborne, where Parekura Horomia's body is lying in state, is preparing for up to 500 visitors sleeping over and 200 more if necessary.
Hundreds were welcomed during the powhiri on Thursday following the multitudes that were called on on Wednesday.
They included ope (groups) from Ngati Whare, Ngati Manawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngai Tuhoe and Ngapuhi.
Hauiti Marae accommodation co-ordinator Huia Allan said manuhiri need to know there will be plenty of room for them to stay.
She said several marae affiliated to Te Aitanga a Hauiti have offered to host visitors.
Ms Allan said they can provide 500 beds, and space can be made for 200 more at a local school hall and kohanga.
She said visitors have been staying in hotels, but she wants them to know there are other options available.
Mr Horomia died on Monday. He will be buried on Saturday.