Whangaroa - The land of legends.
Whangaroa Harbour, 'Marlin capital of New Zealand', enjoying a rich bounty from the sea, a land of towering rocky bluffs, steeped in history, and a land of legends....
One legend tells of two Gods, Taratara and Maungataniwha. Taratara, who was tall and handsome, possessed great treasures, of these his two wives Okaha-hiria and Turou were his favorites.
Maungataniwha was a jealous God and very envious of Taratara's two wives, he decided that he would ask for one of them, but his request was refused and he was laughed at by Taratara. Maungataniwha asked again some months later, but was again refused and went away bitterly disappointed threatening violence and disfigurement to Taratara.
Maungataniwha decided to ask Taratara one last time for one of his wives. Once again Taratara said "no!" Maungataniwha became so enraged that he lashed out at Taratara with such force that his head was struck from his shoulders and flew across the Whangaroa Harbour and landed in it's present position, Ohakiri (St Paul's Rock). Pieces of Taratara were littered all over the valley of Pupuke and Otangaroa.
Maungamiemie became so upset at the sight of her warring neighbours that she wept and her tears can be seen today in the streams that flow into the waters of Whangaroa Harbour.
Legends aplenty in this important historic harbour. A powerful, spiritual place and easily accessible from Butterfly Bay.
Information from book compiled by E. V. Sale - Whangaroa "A Singular and Beautifully Romantic Place"
Originating from the United States, the Monarch butterfly has become firmly established in New Zealand.
Butterfly Bay is a natural butterfly-breeding sanctuary, offering perfect conditions for this sunshine loving Lepidoptera.
Observe the charming Monarch during your stay at Butterfly Bay while it completes it's life cycle from caterpillar to jewel-like pupae and finally emerging as a beautiful butterfly.
Watch the Monarch in all it's splendour, fluttering by you as you complete your own metamorphosis, this process taking only moments after having arrived at Butterfly Bay, the transformation lasting your entire stay, and remaining embedded in your memory forever.