Te Ika a Maui

Te Ika a Maui - borrowed from Maori mythology, but not without cause or connection.
As a child I was taught the tale of the Maori demigod Maui who, while standing in his canoe - Te Waka a Maui - caught a great fish - the North Island, Te Ika a Maui.

To me, the South Island, Te Waka a Maui, has always been remote and somewhat inaccessible. But, blessed by the offer of my cousin's camper, in 2008 we went there. Of necessity we had to drive through the North Island to get there - and although we have travelled in the North Isand many times before, this time we were able to visit new places, particularly the Wairarapa, that we had never previously visited.

This is the North Island part of our journey - on our way south, then, after a wonderful South Island trip, hurrying back north. We could not resist a last lingering look at the wonderful maori carvings on display in the Auckland Museum.

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On our way south, heading for the Cook Strait ferry...

  • 01 Dudley Arms in Pahiatua    A typical kiwi country pub, complete with beer garden
    01 Dudley Arms in Pahiatua A typical kiwi country pub, complete with beer garden
  • 02 Dental office in the old style  in Pahiatua
    02 Dental office in the old style in Pahiatua
  • 03 Kiwi History Back in the day, Kiwi babies' healthcare depended on the Plunket Society
    03 Kiwi History Back in the day, Kiwi babies' healthcare depended on the Plunket Society
  • 04 Its a pretty plain pub    so we will paint it orange
    04 Its a pretty plain pub so we will paint it orange
  • 05 Wairarapa countryside
    05 Wairarapa countryside
  • 06 Wairarapa countryside
    06 Wairarapa countryside
  • 07 Our trusty home and conveyance  (my cousin providing)
    07 Our trusty home and conveyance (my cousin providing)
  • 08 Pirinoa Church Also, perhaps, a typical old country church
    08 Pirinoa Church Also, perhaps, a typical old country church
  • 09 Pirinoa Church interior.  Wood (beautiful wood) everywhere
    09 Pirinoa Church interior. Wood (beautiful wood) everywhere
  • 10 Pirinoa Church
    10 Pirinoa Church
  • 11 Golden farmland near Cape Palliser
    11 Golden farmland near Cape Palliser
  • 12 Cape Palliser Lighthouse with a hell of a staircase for access
    12 Cape Palliser Lighthouse with a hell of a staircase for access
  • 13 Cape Palliser Lighthouse and fat and solid looking it is too
    13 Cape Palliser Lighthouse and fat and solid looking it is too
  • 14 It has been a long day.
    14 It has been a long day.
  • 15 Aaarhhhh
    15 Aaarhhhh
  • 16 Cape Palliser Lighthouse
    16 Cape Palliser Lighthouse
  • 17 Should we notice them eh
    17 Should we notice them eh
  • 18 It is a fine coat if I say so
    18 It is a fine coat if I say so
  • 19 Do not wake
    19 Do not wake
  • 20 Tough little blooms
    20 Tough little blooms
  • 21 Cape Palliser shoreline
    21 Cape Palliser shoreline
  • 22 Kindergarten class
    22 Kindergarten class
  • 23 Sleek
    23 Sleek
  • 24 and scruffy
    24 and scruffy
  • 25 Tinky Winky and friends waiting in Ngawi
    25 Tinky Winky and friends waiting in Ngawi
  • 26 Tinky Winky waiting in Ngawi
    26 Tinky Winky waiting in Ngawi
  • 27 Cape Palliser
    27 Cape Palliser
  • 28 Time served
    28 Time served
  • 29 Centre of town
    29 Centre of town
  • 30 Sailing south onward to the South Island
    30 Sailing south onward to the South Island

And then hurrying back north, not making many stops…

  • 01 The Otaki Hilton as seen in the campground
    01 The Otaki Hilton as seen in the campground
  • 02 Cookie Time in Mangaweka
    02 Cookie Time in Mangaweka
  • 03 The Desert Road
    03 The Desert Road
  • 04 Mount Ruapehu from the Desert Road
    04 Mount Ruapehu from the Desert Road
  • 05 Sandra on the beach in Mount Maunganui
    05 Sandra on the beach in Mount Maunganui
  • 06 Mount Maungaui
    06 Mount Maungaui
  • 07 Waiting for waves at Mount Maunganui
    07 Waiting for waves at Mount Maunganui
  • 08 Surf Carnival at Mount Maunganui
    08 Surf Carnival at Mount Maunganui
  • 09 Competing at Mount Maunganui
    09 Competing at Mount Maunganui
  • 10 Classic Fliers at Mount Maunganui
    10 Classic Fliers at Mount Maunganui
  • 11 Mount Maungaui trail around the mount
    11 Mount Maungaui trail around the mount
  • 12 Poker faced carving displayed in the Auckand Museum
    12 Poker faced carving displayed in the Auckand Museum
  • 13  in the Auckand Museum
    13 in the Auckand Museum
  • 14 Meet him on a dark night
    14 Meet him on a dark night
  • 15 The Green eyed god
    15 The Green eyed god
  • 16 Supporting cast decoration for a whare
    16 Supporting cast decoration for a whare
  • 17 Chief in the meeting house
    17 Chief in the meeting house
  • 18 Somebody''s ancestors
    18 Somebody''s ancestors
  • 19 Hawk Sculpture in Auckland Domain by Fred Graham, 2004
    19 Hawk Sculpture in Auckland Domain by Fred Graham, 2004