Houhora, 50 kilometres south of North Cape, is the site of a 14th-century Māori settlement. Archaeological excavations uncovered the remains of 44 fur seals, eight sea lions and seven elephant seals in a midden. This confirms that seals were once widespread around New Zealand coasts and an important food for Māori. The site of the excavation is to the left of the track leading up to the quarry.
Using this item
University of Auckland, Department of Anthropology, Anthropology Photographic Archive
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.