Story: Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Pīhanga mountain

Pīhanga mountain

According to a famous story, Pīhanga was a beautiful mountain. Four mountain warriors, Tongariro, Taranaki, Tauhara and Pūtauaki fell in love with her and fought to win her affections. In the end Tongariro was the victor. Pīhanga remains a beautiful mountain today.

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Martin Wikaira, 'Ngāti Tūwharetoa - Mountains and lakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1185/pihanga-mountain (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Martin Wikaira, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017