The five canoes most closely associated with the Bay of Plenty are Mataatua, Nukutere, Te Arawa, Tainui and Tākitimu. They landed at various places along the coast after their voyages from Hawaiki. In addition, many localities are associated with particular canoes and are often referred to in song and speech by descendants of the first voyagers. These places include:
- Tihirau, Whakatāne, Te Mānuka Tutahi and Ngā Kurī a Whārei (Mataatua)
- Te Rangi, Te Kotukutuku/Ōpape (Nukutere)
- Whangaparāoa, Maketū, Te katikati-a-Tametekapua (Te Arawa)
- Whangaparāoa, Tōrere (Tainui)
- Mauao (Tākitimu).
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