Located north of Hamilton, Ngaruawahia is an important place for Maori culture and history. It is the birthplace of the Maori King movement and the magnificent marae Turangawaewae. It opens to the public only once a year, during the annual regatta held on the Saturday closest to March 17, and includes a parade of traditional war canoes down the Waikato River.
Ngaruawahia is located at the junction of two major rivers: Waikato and Waipa. In the past, these rivers were important canoe routes for the Maori and, later, for European settlers. Taupiri Mountain is a sacred mountain that towers over Ngaruawahia and houses the most important Maori cemetery in Waikato. You can walk to the top to get panoramic views of the region.
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