Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Ancient canoe

Ancient canoe

Many traditions about exploration establish tribal boundaries – which were often marked with particular items. This ancient canoe, found in Taupō, is believed to have been made purely as a boundary marker, and placed at Ōpepe.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - Exploration traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14125/ancient-canoe (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007