Story: Te Arawa

Roadside Stories: Island romance in Lake Rotorua

Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua is the setting for the well-known Māori love story of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, who kept their relationship a secret because of family disapproval. The pair were united on the island after Hinemoa’s epic swim across the lake, guided by the sound of her lover’s flute music.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Hinemoa, Tūtānekai and Mokoia Island. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Taonga puoro courtesy of Richard Nunns

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Warfare and marriages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35247/roadside-stories-island-romance-in-lake-rotorua (accessed 21 October 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017