Story: Patupaiarehe

Mt Ngongotahā

Mt Ngongotahā

Mt Ngongotahā rises above Rotorua city. Its name is linked to the explorer Īhenga, who was offered a drink of water by a patupaiarehe woman at the top of the mountain. He named it Ngongotahā (‘drink from a calabash’).

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How to cite this page:

Martin Wikaira, 'Patupaiarehe - Patupaiarehe and ponaturi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Martin Wikaira, published 24 Sep 2007