View from the lookout of Karioi

Image: Travis Wiens | Creative Commons


Climb to the top of an ancient volcano for spectacular views, or stop at a roadside viewing platform above what was once the site of extensive of Maori gardens.


The three natural coastal amphitheatres at Te Toto were once the site of extensive Maori gardens. Remnants of stone rows which would have outlined garden plots can still be seen in places, as well two small pa, storage pits and terraces.

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Getting there

The Karioi area is 13 km south of Raglan. Leave Raglan on Wainui Rd, and continue on Whaanga Rd to Te Toto.

The viewing platform is at Te Toto Gorge car park, and overlooks where the historic gardens once were.


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