Story: Whanganui region

Tamatea’s cave

Tamatea’s cave

A great early explorer of the Whanganui River was Tamatea-pōkaiwhenua, captain of the Tākitimu canoe. His name is commemorated in a cave on the upper reaches of the river. This photograph was taken from inside the cave.

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Photograph by David Young

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015