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Dawson Falls (3rd of 3)

Dawson Falls

Dawson Falls are known to Māori as Te Rere-o-Noke (the falls of Noke), after a man who escaped his pursuers by hiding under them. Thomas Dawson was a post office official who, after being transferred to Manaia in 1878, spent much of his spare time exploring the mountain’s relatively unknown southern slopes. He found the 18-metre falls on the Kapuni Stream in 1883. Dawson drowned a few years later in a boating accident on the Whanganui River.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki places - Egmont National Park', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Sep 2016