In 1850, as Europeans began arriving in the region, Māori settlements were clustered in the area that became the cities of Napier and Hastings. There were also a number of coastal settlements north and south of Cape Kidnappers. Inland settlements were along what is now the route of State Highway 5 in the Kaweka Range, and on and around the route of State Highway 2 in Central Hawke’s Bay.
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