Story: Bay of Plenty region

Canoe landing places

Canoe landing places

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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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Māori traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/5546/canoe-landing-places (accessed 16 May 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Aug 2016