Te Mata Peak New Zealand 399 meters-June 25 2008

July 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

On 25 June 2008 Sariah and I drove to the top and I ate a McDonalds cheeseburger. It was pretty funny because we were going to go earlier in the morning but I had no cheeseburger so we had to wait around until McDonalds switched to lunch, so we got to the drive thru at 10:31 am. So once we had the cheeseburger we commenced our arduous ascent. Ok so it took about 45 minutes in the car but the road up at the top was quite narrow and precarious. Te Mata Peak is 399 meters and overlooks the entire Hawke’s Bay region and you can even see Mt. Ruapehu (Mt. Doom in LOTR) in the distance. The Maori legend explaining its formation is quite interesting so here is a copied overview I found on the internet.

The Te Mata hillscape has an amazing story to tell: Many centuries ago the people living in pa (fortified villages) on the Heretaunga Plains were under constant threat of war from the coastal tribes of Waimarama. At a gathering in Pakipaki (near Hastings), a wise old woman (kuia) suggested that the leader of the Waimarama tribes, a giant named Te Mata, could be made to fall in love with Hinerakau – the daughter of a Pakipaki chief – and turn his thoughts from war to peace. This mission was quickly accomplished, and Te Mata fell under the spell of the beautifully Hinerakau.

However the people of Heretaunga had not forgotten the past and wanted revenge. They demanded that Hinerakau make Te Mata prove his devotion by accomplishing seemingly impossible tasks. His last task was to bite through the hills between the coast and the plains, so that people could come and go with greater ease.

Te Mata died while eating his way through the hills. His half-accomplished work can be seen in what is known as The Gap or Pari Karangaranga (echoing cliffs) and his prostrate body forms Te Mata Peak.

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Entry filed under: International Summits.

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