Features of the landscape are explained in many tribal stories. In one tradition, the priest Ngātoroirangi was caught in bitterly cold weather and called his sisters from Hawaiki to New Zealand. The sisters, Te Hoata and Te Pupu, came as fire, which resulted in the geysers, mud pools and other geothermal phenomena of the North Island’s volcanic plateau. Click on the highlighted names to see some of the places they created.
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