Story: Hauraki–Coromandel places

Ōpito Bay

Ōpito Bay

Skippers Ridge, in the background of this photo from the mid-1970s, was – along with nearby Sarahs gully, out of the picture to the right – the site of archaeological excavations in the late 1950s which first found evidence of early Polynesian settlement in the North Island. The seagull-covered dunes in the foreground are the site of a midden – rubbish dump – of shells and other materials of archaeological interest. Tahanga (211 m), a hill out of the picture to the left, was the principal source of the basalt used for tool-making by Māori throughout the upper North Island.

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Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel places - North-east peninsula and Mercury Islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30665/opito-bay (accessed 15 October 2019)

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