Introduction

Pest-free Rangitoto Island in Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf not only boasts a new, state of the art wharf, but also a waharoa – a customary gateway.

Date:  10 December 2014

Pest-free Rangitoto Island in Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf not only boasts a new, state of the art wharf, but also a waharoa – a customary gateway.

The waharoa was transported to the island from the mainland. Check out the video below to see how the carving made its way to the island.

The waharoa o Peretu – the gateway of Peretu – welcomes thousands of visitors who enjoy the 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s downtown ferry terminal to visit the island. 

Peretu, the spiritual ancestor of Rangitoto, is reflected in the beautiful carving. The waharoa itself reflects the rich Māori heritage of pest-free Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands. Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki carver Reuben Kirkwood tells the story of the wahaora in the following video.

Rangitoto Island, and neighbouring Motutapu Island welcomes many thousands of people every year. Rangitoto is home to the largest pohutukawa forest in the world. Visitors can walk through the forest, up an easy, progressive incline to Rangitoto’s summit, and embrace spectacular 360 degree views of the majestic Hauraki Gulf. Since the island became pest-free in 2011, many native birds, tui, hihi, kereru, can also be seen.

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