Rāhiri is considered the founding ancestor of the Ngāpuhi tribe. In a journey of several years, he left his birthplace of Whiria pā in the north and travelled through the Bay of Plenty and onto the East Coast. He then headed to Wellington before continuing his journey up the west coast of the North Island. Because of his journeys he is also recognised as an ancestor of Ngāti Rāhiri-tumutumuwhenua in Hauraki, and Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Rāhiri in Taranaki.
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