Story: Te Arawa

Mts Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu

Mts Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu

Mt Tongariro (the flat-topped mountain in the left foreground of this photograph) marks the southern boundary of the Te Arawa peoples. In Te Arawa tradition the explorer Ngātororoirangi climbed Tongariro as a storm was raging. When he finally reached the summit, Ngātororoirangi cried out for his sisters Kuiwai and Haungaroa in Hawaiki to send him some fire. With this fire he created a volcano and named it after his sacrificed slave, Ngāuruhoe. In this view Mt Ngāuruhoe can be seen in the middle ground, and Mt Ruapehu on the right.

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Paora Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Settlement and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017