Te Mata Trust Park
Te Mata Peak
Te Mata in Maori means 'The Sleeping Giant'. This name comes from the shape
of the hill shown in the picture on the right where the top margin takes the
shape of a person lying on his or her back, the resemblance is quite
striking!! Legend has it that there once was a giant who took a bite out of
the hill, choked and died, and this is where he lies till this day!!
The peak is situated in Havelock North and on and around it lies Te Mata
From the top of the
peak, you can pretty much see most of Hawkes Bay, i.e. Napier, Hastings and
Havelock North, the views are great!!
Unfortunately, due to some recent vandalism to some renovations being done,
the peak is now closed from after sunset.
About two thirds of the way up is the Peak House which is a neat
little restaurant with magnificent
You can walk from the
bottom to the top on Nature trails, and many people use mountain bikes which
is quite a workout since I have done it two or three times myself and I tell
you in some places it is pretty steep biking!!
This is the view from half way up to the peak!!!
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differently to different mushrooms.
NEVER eat a wild mushroom
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