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Pacific Coast Highway road trip: Gisborne to Napier

Nuhaka

Kahungunu Marae @estawainohunz Kahungunu Marae @estawainohunz

For visitors interested in Maori architecture the small settlement of Nuhaka is home to the elaborately-carved Kahungunu Marae and the historic Nuhaka general store which has been open for more than 100 years. The Nuhaka Marae carvings were completed by returned servicemen and women (World War II). The building was opened in 1949. There is a notable carving of Ruawharo,a senior tohunga (priest) on the Tākitimu canoe, and settled at Te Māhia. He was responsible for implanting a mauri or talisman at Te Māhia, after which there was an increase in the number of whales in the region. Nuhaka marks the turnoff for the Mahia Peninsula.

NOTE

The marae is on private property. Any views are from the public roadside.

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