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Motutere (Castle Rock) (2nd of 3)

Motutere (Castle Rock)

This prominent hill rises to 521 metres in the Coromandel Range. The name Motutere (floating island) was given by the chief Ruamano, who was descended from Tamatekapua, chief of the Te Arawa canoe. Māori explorers soon learned to avoid the tangled vegetation of the valleys, and travelled mainly along the ridges. Even so, a reasonable day’s travel might have covered only five kilometres before dusk descended and shelter had to be found from the patupaiārehe. Hilltops like Motutere would be avoided at such times.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Archer Price Collection (PAColl-3057)
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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'First peoples in Māori tradition - Patupaiarehe, tūrehu and other inhabitants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 May 2021)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005