Many of the Māori names for the islands and waterways of the Hauraki Gulf are wonderfully descriptive of the natural environment. Here are a few.
Waitematā Harbour: Water as smooth as obsidian
Pakatoa Island: Ebb and flow of the tide
Rātōroa [Rotoroa] Island: Prolonged sunset
Pō-nui Island: Great extended night
Rangitoto: Blood reddened sky
Tiritiri-o-Matangi: Sanctified heaven of fragrant breezes