Story: Hawke’s Bay places

Mōrere hot springs, about 1910

Mōrere hot springs, about 1910

The hot springs at Mōrere were a traditional bathing spot for the Ngāti Rākaipaaka hapū (sub-tribe). The springs became a government thermal reserve and tourist attraction in the late 19th century. These boys are enjoying a soak in the warm water while the girls watch – their turn would have come after the boys had departed.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay places - Māhia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 30 Nov 2015