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The journey of Mt Taranaki

The journey of Mt Taranaki

In Māori tradition Mt Taranaki once dwelled with the other mountains – Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe – in the centre of the North Island. He and Tongariro fought a titanic battle for the favours of the beautiful, bush-clad Pīhanga. Taranaki was finally defeated and made his way to the west coast of the North Island, forming the Whanganui River during his flight. As he rested one night a spur of the Pouākai Range grew out and prevented him from continuing the following morning, so today he remains in splendid isolation in the west.

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Reference: Peter Gossage, Battle of the mountains, NZ. Auckland: Reed Publishing, 2005
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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - The mountain', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/25265/the-journey-of-mt-taranaki (accessed 12 December 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015