Te Kahui Tupua Region

Te Kahui Tupua RegionWhile staying with us at Whakapapa, take a day or two to explore the fascinating sights of the wider Te Kahui Tupua Region. Named by the Maori people of Ruapehu, Whanganui and Rangitikei, it means ‘Sacred Peaks’.

This is a very spiritual land with the grand mountains woven together by three sacred rivers of Maori legend: the Whanganui, Whangaehu and the Rangitikei.

The landscape of Te Kahui Tupua ranges from the volcanoes Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro to the forest gorges etched by the rivers Whanganui, Rangitikei and Whangaehu. Te Kahui Tupua tells many stories of the giant Mt Ruapehu, the rivers and forests, and ancient Maori carvings and rituals that convey the legends of a land and it’s people.

The Maori have an intense spiritual connection with the land. At Koriniti Marae on the banks of the Whanganui, local Maori tell the legends of their ancestors through carving, weaving and story telling. A trip in a waka (Maori canoe) illustrates the close relationship local Maori have with the river.

Deep in the Whanganui National Park you will find the Bridge to Nowhere, one of the major places of interest for visitors to the region. It is the unofficial flagship of the Whanganui National Park, an iconic symbol for New Zealand adventure tourism and a major visitor destination on the Whanganui Journey. The bridge was left to the ravages of nature when the Mangaparua farming settlement was abandoned in the early 1900’s.

The beauty and legend through Te Kahui Tupua are inspiration for the region’s painters, sculptors, writers and craftspeople. The Whanganui Regional Museum is home to Taonga Maori, the ancestral treasures of the river people, in the forms of art and story.