Hokianga Harbour was the departure point of legendary Māori navigator Kupe when he returned to his homeland of Hawaiki. Kupe is said to have left behind two taniwha (water spirits), which guided later Polynesian arrivals to a safe landing.
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Taonga puoro courtesy of Richard Nunns.