Hikurangi is the sacred mountain of Ngāti Porou, and was said to be the first piece of land to emerge when Māui fished up the North Island. According to tradition, Māui’s canoe, Nukutaimemeha, remains stranded on the mountain peak. Hikurangi was acquired by the Crown in the 1870s and became a state forest park. In November 1990 the Crown signed a deed with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou, vesting in them 3,780 hectares which included Hikurangi. Ngāti Porou now manage the land and facilitate public access to the mountain.
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