Story: Taniwha



The tuatara is a unique reptile found only in New Zealand. Inland taniwha were often described as looking like giant tuatara, and were known as ngārara.

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Basil Keane, 'Taniwha - Ngārara – giant reptiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007