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Opotaka – Home of the Haka

Most people have heard of Ka Mate, New Zealand’s most famous haka, a traditional Maori war dance that is performed on an international stage by the All Blacks before every rugby game. What most people don’t know though, is how and where the Ka Mate haka transpired.

Opotaka, located on the edge of lake Rotoaira, is where the first Haka was created by Chief Te Rauparaha as he was protected from his enemies by Chief Te Whareangi and his wife back in the 1820’s. Visit this historic site and the remains of the village while enjoying stunning views of Mt Tongariro and Lake Rotoaira. Read more about the Haka and it’s origins on the Ngāti Toa Rangatira’s Website.