Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) (3rd of 3)

Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont)

Mt Taranaki is iconic in New Zealand. In one tradition the mountain, along with others, was said to have desired the wives of Tongariro, Pīhanga and Ngāuruhoe. After losing a mighty battle, Taranaki travelled across to the west of the North Island, where he now stands.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - Battle of the mountains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006