Story: Waikato places

Roadside Stories: Hatupatu's Rock

A distinctive rock by the side of State Highway One is significant to Māori for its role in the story of Hatupatu. He was taken prisoner by the fearsome bird-woman Kurangaituku, but managed to escape from her lair. Kurangaituku gave chase, but the rock magically opened to shelter Hatupatu. Some say that the bird-woman’s claw marks are still visible on the rock.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Hatupatu's Rock. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Taonga puoro courtesy of Richard Nunns

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato places - Tokoroa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35251/roadside-stories-hatupatus-rock (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 11 Jun 2015