Story: Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Mt Tongariro

Mt Tongariro

Ngātoroirangi climbed Mt Tongariro and claimed the lands below for his descendants. On the ascent Ngātoroirangi struggled with the cold and cried out, ‘Ka riro au i te tonga!’ (I am seized by the cold wind to the south!). It was from these words that the mountain’s name, Tongariro, was taken. This photo shows Tongariro in the foreground with Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu behind.

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Martin Wikaira, 'Ngāti Tūwharetoa - The journeys of Ngātoroirangi and Tia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Martin Wikaira, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017