Te Hangāruru - a place of abundance
Te Hangāruru is gifted to this trail by Uenuku and reflects a story of abundance. The centre of the trail passes through Pōkākā, home to the proposed alpine Pōkākā ecosanctuary.
The name reflects the story of a place where manu flourished in the great Waimarino forest. Filled with native trees, the rich food source was so attractive and nourishing, native birds including kaka filled the sky so much that the sky darkened. This was a place where Tangata whenua gathered food and a central place between two settlements that mana whenua traversed to and fro from (between Manganui o te ao and Tokaanu). It was a special hunting place where there was an abundance of life.
Today, once complete, the trail will celebrate and support a vibrant sustainable community and environment reconnecting to that once special place. Travel sustainably and in awe, where once great Chiefs walked and gathered.