Hauraki Gulf Māori place names

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

Waitemata harbour from Point Chevalier
Waitematā Harbour from Point Chevalier looking towards the North Shore.

Pakatoa Island: Ebb and flow of the tide

Pakatoa Island showing old holiday resort
Pakatoa Island showing old holiday resort.

Rātōroa [Rotoroa] Island: Prolonged sunset

Rotoroa Island from the air
Rotoroa Island from the air showing the restoration work.

Pō-nui Island: Great extended night

Ponui Island homestead Oranga bay
Homstead at Oranga bay on Ponui Island

Rangitoto: Blood reddened sky

Sunset looking out to Rangitoto Island from Omana Beach
Rangitoto viewed from Ōmana Beach, Maraetai at sunset.

Tiritiri-o-Matangi: Sanctified heaven of fragrant breezes

Hobbs Beach Tiritiri Matangi
People enjoying Hobbs Beach Tiritiri Matangi Island

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