According to Māori tradition, a great tōtara tree on the slopes of Puketoi mountain range was possessed of a spirit, Ōkatia. The tree drove through the mountain barrier of Ruahine and Tararua, creating a gorge in the process. It then followed a path to the sea.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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Photograph by Jock Phillips
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