Story: Waikato places

Roadside Stories: Maungatautari, volcanic sanctuary

Some rare native birds can be found in the fenced wildlife sanctuary on Maungatautari, the sacred mountain of the Ngāti Raukawa people. The tribe takes its name from its founding ancestor, Raukawa – who was named after the raukawa perfume his mother wore for her night-time encounters with his father.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Maungatautari. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Archival audio: Īnia Te Wīata, Waiata Maori, compact disc, Kiwi Pacific Records International, Kiwi CD SLC-225.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato places - Kakepuku to Maungatautari', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 11 Jun 2015