|The Maori Village - Te Hana|
|Village Gate Post|
|Communal Kitchen Hut|
The kitchen hut was used when the community cooked together as a tribe for special occasions
|Maori Meeting House|
The Meeting House was where the villagers met together, the house is a sacred place and represents a man. (see arrows on photo) They would have funerals here carrying the body through the window as the door was solely for the living.
Carvings were their form of communication or expression.
|High Priest's Hut|
The High Priest was isolated on the edge of the village, with his door facing east. He was the most spiritual person in the village, who never married and lived alone. He would make potions and medicines and attend to the sick. He was not able to touch anyone due to him being so holy or spiritual.
|Fortified Hill in centre of Village|
The warriors watched out over the village and beyond from this point. There were trenches and tunnels through the hill which were used in warfare. There is a drum which was struck continuously during the night to fend off attacking tribes.
We had a really long conversation with our tour guide about how Maori's feel towards the European invasion and the Treaty of Waitangi. It was fascinating and saddening to see what we took away from a people and how we changed a whole nation.
From Te Hana we just drove south straight through Auckland to Pukekohe.
|Rainbow en route to Auckland|
|Auckland and Sky Tower|
In Pukekohe we stopped at an information centre. The lady there recommended we visit the Manukau Lighthouse and the bays around it. It was a fab suggestion as it is so beautiful especially in the sun with views to the Tasman Sea, over the Manukau Harbour towards Auckland.
|Views from the Lighthouse|
|Views from lighthouse out to the Tasman Sea|
We found a campsite at Big Bay in the Manukau Harbour to spend the night. It is amazing.