(Our indigenous heritage)

Meet our local Ngāti Karewa Ngāti Tahinga Hapū

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Tainui te waka (Tainui is the canoe)
Putataka te Maunga (Putataka is the Mountain)
Waikato te Awa (Waikato is the River)
Waikato-Tainui te Iwi (Waikato-Tainui is the Tribe)
Ngāti Karewa Ngāti Tahinga te hapū (Ngāti Karewa Ngāti Tahinga is the sub-tribe)

Nestled at the end of the mighty Waikato River you’ll find a special, beautiful and sacred place. It is our ancestral home and the Waikato is our Awa (river). You can’t help but imagine an intriguing scene of waka (canoe) voyaging up the river as you look out across the shimmering water. As Māori legend has it, a ‘kato’ (pull) was seen from the ‘wai’ (water) leading to the sea, hence the name,’Waikato’, being gifted to this river.  The Port Waikato Holiday Park is proudly owned by the local hapū (sub-tribe), the park occupies ancestral land of Ngāti Karewa Ngāti Tahinga, indigenous tangata whenua (‘people of the land’) to the Waikato region, decedents of the original voyagers who came to Aotearoa, we are your hosts! 

Imagine Chief Tahinga and his grandson Chief Karewa, kai-tiaki (guardians) of Port Waikato standing tall at the entrance of our Holiday Park, represented by the pou – the two carving representations you pass as you enter. It is our pleasure to welcome you to our place. Come, let us share the stories of Te Puaha o Waikato (Port Waikato) and feel the mauri (life force) of Papatuanuku (mother earth) as she whispers alluringly of our people’s mana (strength), whakaute (respect) of place and land, and aroha (love). 

Nau mai haere mai.

Tainui Māori Port Waikato Holiday Park

Ngā kōrero o te Pūaha o Waikato Stories of the Port Waikato

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Port Waikato Holiday Park:
115B Maunsell Road
Port Waikato RD5
Tuakau 2695
New Zealand

+64 9 232 9857

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