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Takitimu Mountains
 

Takitimu (maunga) Mountains -
A dominant Southland feature visible from all points of the Murihiku (Southland) landscape, these provide a point of reference to unify this district and Heritage Trail.

Named by Tamatea, (one of the great explorers in the history of New Zealand), after the Takitimu waka (canoe) was wrecked near Te Waewae Bay, these maunga add lustre to the Western Southland landscape and continue to inspire stories, songs,poetry and art.

Legend has it that during the overland journey past the Takitimu Maunga, Tamatea lost one of his party, a woman named Nanaea Kaiheraki (Kaheraki) who strayed away from the others and was captured by the maeroero (spirits of the mountain).

She was betrothed to Tamatea's son Kahungunu, but was never found again. However, over the continuing generations it is said some have had the privilege of seeing her shadowy form on the misty mountains in foggy weather.

For Ngai Tahu the Takitimu Maunga have significant cultural and spiritual importance - and are symbolic reminders of:
- The famous exploits of Tamatea in the South
- The crew of the Takitimu struggling to control the waka in adverse conditions
- The petrified, upturned hull of the tupuna (ancestral) waka Takitimu

 

 

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