3/27/18

Maori legends

While we were in Whakatane, we visited some Maori sights.

This is Muriwai's Cave, one of the three landmarks Toroa was told to look for when returning to New Zealand from Hawaiki.
Click here for the legend behind the cave.

Wairere Falls, the second place in the legend.

Irakewa Rock is the third place in the legend. It seems that most of it was
destroyed but some remains.
Click here for more information.


This is the statue of Wairaka that stands in Whakatane Harbor.

Every time I've taken her photo, I've had to 'remove' a seagull from her head!!

16 comments:

Tom said...

...the waterfall and the statue are my favorites.

Taken For Granted said...

The statue is wonderful. Enjoyed seeing your photos.

rupam sarma said...

Wonderful place. Loved the statue.
Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

What interesting pictures!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
These are wonderful! The rock, in particular, seemed to me to have 'atmosphere'! YAM xx

Gattina said...

What a beautiful landscape !!

Lea said...

Interesting!
Have a wonderful week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautifully haunting pictures.... the statue is lovely out there and you did a perfect job of getting rid of that pesky gull...I would never have guessed. I haven’t yet visited the links you provided, but I am going there now ... we are always interested in Native American legends and special places and if ever we were lucky enough to be in NZ, we’d want to search out these places. (I commented first because if I click on links I always forget to come back to comment.). Thanks for providing them.

Christine said...

Amazing history in these beauty spots!

JP A Quiet Corner said...

A friend of mine just got back from a hiking trip to NZ, Betty. She told me it is beautiful there (in case you didn't know it!!!)...:)JP

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Oh, wow, the statue is so alive. The sculptor created it with much love.

Victoria said...

I love the statue, she looks like she's going to dive in the water in just a second. What a beautiful place.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Beautiful and fascinating!

-Soma

Angie said...

The placement of the statue was inspired (and she can continue to inspire even with a seagull on her head)! Thanks for sharing with us!

Nick V. said...

Lovely photos of these amazing places, Betty. The statue is wonderful!
Thank you for taking part in the "My Sunday Best meme"!

Rambling Woods said...

Great photos and some interesting background information...Michelle