The Mōkau River is famed as a source of whitebait – the juvenile forms of native freshwater fish, often made into delicious fritters. In the 1830s it was the site of a trick by the migrating Ngāti Toa tribe, who lit many fires and dressed their women as chiefs to make their party appear larger and scare off pursuers.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Mōkau. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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