Story: Ngāi Tūhoe

Looking south from Waikirikiri, Rūātoki

Looking south from Waikirikiri, Rūātoki

Towards the end of the 19th century, Ngāi Tūhoe slowly began to emerge from the Urewera region. At first they settled the river flats, then they gradually moved out to places like Rūātoki and Waimana in the northern Urewera, where access to Pākehā goods and trade was easier. This is a view from Waikirikiri, Rūātoki, looking south up the Ōhinemataroa River. A three-day horse ride from Waikirikiri will get you to Ruatāhuna in the heart of the Urewera.

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Rangi McGarvey, 'Ngāi Tūhoe - Toroa and Tūhoe-pōtiki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Rangi McGarvey, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017