Waikato / King Country

Waikato / King Country

History is around every bend in the majestic Waikato River which gives the region its name and gave the early Maori inhabitants a source of nourishment and life. Their spiritual relationship with the river, which they regard as an ancestor, is summed up in the famous saying: “Waikato taniwha rau, he piko he taniwha.” (Waikato of a hundred taniwha, every bend a taniwha.) The taniwha (water monsters) are also a symbol for great chiefs so the second line can also be translated as “Waikato of a hundred chiefs, every bend a chief”.

Te Araroa (from the north) enters Waikato along this mighty river and with a short excursion into the Hakarimata Range, follows it all the way to Hamilton. Leaving Hamilton it ascends Mt Pirongia, which dominates the skyline throughout the region, then enters the rich pastoral land of the King Country. Passing through Te Kuiti, home to Colin Meads who was (arguably) the greatest All Black, Te Araroa goes deep into the central North Island forests before exiting at the foot of Mt Tongariro.


 

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History is around every bend in the majestic Waikato River which gives the region its name and gave the early Maori inhabitants a source of nourishment and life. Their spiritual relationship with the river, which they regard as an ancestor, is summed up in the famous saying: “Waikato taniwha rau, he piko he taniwha.” (Waikato of a hundred taniwha, every bend a taniwha.) The taniwha (water monsters) are also a symbol for great chiefs so the second line can also be translated as “Waikato of a hundred chiefs, every bend a chief”.

Te Araroa (from the north) enters Waikato along this mighty river and with a short excursion into the Hakarimata Range, follows it all the way to Hamilton. Leaving Hamilton it ascends Mt Pirongia, which dominates the skyline throughout the region, then enters the rich pastoral land of the King Country. Passing through Te Kuiti, home to Colin Meads who was (arguably) the greatest All Black, Te Araroa goes deep into the central North Island forests before exiting at the foot of Mt Tongariro.


 

DOWNLOADS

Waikato/King Country Region Trail Notes (672KB)
  Waikato/King Country Region Maps (54MB - large file)

Note: Map is indicative only