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  • Maori Legends, Stories and Myths

    Kupe's wife, Hine-te-aparangi, called out "He ao he ao! He aotea! He aotearoa" ("A cloud, a cloud! A white cloud! A long white cloud!"), and so the land was named Aotearoa—'Land of the long white cloud'. After circumnavigating the North and South Islands of Aotearoa, Kupe

  • The Story of Kupe and Te Wheke : Maori Legends, Stories and Myths

    …Zealand Travel »Culture »Maori »Maori Stories and Legends »Kupe and Te Wheke Maori Stories and Legends Maori Stories and Legends | Kupe and Te Wheke | He Ika A Maui | Maui and Tieke The Maori Story of Kupe and Te Wheke The story of Te Wheke as told by Michael Elkington When…

  • Aorangi Forest Park - Off the beaten track : New Zealand Tourism Guide

    …landforms and spectacular views which can enjoyed after a short walk. These landforms include: the Putangirua Pinnacles, high slabs of rock known as Kupe's Sail and the coastal Whatarangi Bluff Please recommend us. * Map * Directions * Contact Get directions to and from Aorangi Forest Park - Off the…

  • Far North History Information New Zealand

    …known as the 'birthplace of a nation'. Early History Approximately 1,000 years ago, the legendary Maori explorer, Kupe discovered New Zealand. It is claimed that the first landfall of Kupe's waka (or canoe) was on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour. In 1769 Captain Cook discovered New Zealand. Once…

  • Early Settlement in New Zealand, New Zealand Settlement

    …first Maori explorer to reach New Zealand was Kupe. Using the stars and ocean currents as his navigational guides, he ventured across the Pacific on his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) from his ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. It is thought that Kupe made landfall at the Hokianga Harbour in…

  • New Zealand Scenic Highlights, Places to See in New Zealand

    …pristine and shimmering or black with iron ore, you're never far from the coast in New Zealand. History and Culture From the Polynesian navigator Kupe to the Kiwis of today, New Zealanders all add their own flavours to our unique cultural mix. Islands Each one different in character, New Zealand's…

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