Te Ara o Hinehopu is an important place pertaining to my whakapapa (genealogy). It is a short stretch of land covered in native bush that links Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoehu (15 km east of Lake Rotorua). From this land our sacred mountain sets the backdrop. It was through here that Hongi Hika and his warriors carried their war canoe from one lake to the next on their way to Mokoia Island, which is located in the middle of Lake Rotorua. At the time when Hinetamairu and her baby Hinehopu heard about the oncoming war party, she made an instant decision to hide her baby in the base of a matai tree. It was here Hinehopu stayed quiet, maintaining stillness, only the sound of her beating heart acknowledging her mauri (essence of life). It is from this baby Hinehopu that my whakapapa originates. The tree that kept Hinehopu safe is now known as the Wishing Tree and the road beside the tree is known as Hongi’s Track, but locals still know it as Te Rakau tipua o Hinehopu.
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