Te Kauwae-a-Maui

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Te Kauwae-a-Maui

The Fishhook of Maui

Welcome all to my first blog. Many thanks to everyone for joining me on my photographic journey.

Those of you who have been following my social media pages over the past few weeks would have noticed that I have been posting quite a few images from a very prominent natural feature on the Hawke’s Bay landscape, Cape Kidnappers, or as it has recently been renamed Te Kauwae-a-Maui which means "The Fishhook of Maui”.

The legend says that Maui and his brothers were out fishing one day. Maui’s brothers refused to give him any hooks or bait to fish with so Maui used a hook that he made from the jawbone of his grandmother. He then punched himself in the nose and applied the blood to the hook as bait. His tactic worked as he hooked a massive fish, the North Island of New Zealand! The fish hook then turned into the land formation we see today at the southern end of Hawke Bay.

Unlike other popular Hawke’s Bay destinations, like Te Mata Peak, you could spend hours out at the peninsula without seeing another person. This is due to there being only 2 main access routes. One of those involves a 19km round trip along a rocky beach that can only be attempted when tides are right. The other is by 4 Wheel Drive across Cape Kidnappers Station which is Private Property (for which you need to seek permission first). There are also several tour companies that operate trips to the Gannet Colonies which you can easily find on Google or at any of the local Tourist i-Sites.

If you haven’t already visited the Cape I urge you to do so. It is such a special place to visit and one that I will definitely be returning to again soon!

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