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Te Mata Peak, Napier: 5 reviews and 15 photos

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  • Te Mata Peak - Napier
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Te Mata Peak is located near Havelock North 400m above sea level. It offers fabulous views of the Hawkes Bay from the top. It is possible to drive up or you could run, ride or walk if you were particularly keen!

Te Mata Maori legend

"According to Maori legend the Te Mata hillscape is a sleeping giant, with the hill being the body of Maori Chief, Te Mata O Rongokako. Rongokako, a giant of a man, preyed upon the Heretaunga. The Heretaunga Chief's daughter was very beautiful and after seeing her, he decided to woo rather than make war. She set him many seemingly impossible tasks, which he accomplished until she told him to eat his way through the hill. The giant began to plough his way through the hill but choked on a large rock and dropped to the ground where he still lies today." source: Te Mata Maori Legend

Directions: Follow the signs from Havelock North
Website: http://tematapark.co.nz/

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  • Written Apr 10, 2006
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