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Located in Havelock North, Te Mata Peak stands 400 metres above sea level and offers amazing 360 views of Hawke's Bay
Maori legend says that Te Mata Peak is named after Te Mata O Rongokako; a giant of a man who preyed upon the Heretaunga Plains. The Chief of the Heretaunga Plains had a beautiful daughter and after seeing her, Te Mata O Rongokako decided to woo her rather than make war.
She set him many seemingly impossible tasks, which he accomplished until she told him to eat his way through a nearby hill. The giant began to plough his way through the hill, but choked on a large rock and dropped to the ground, and this is where he lies today.
Travelling towards Havelock North, you can see the outline of the Giant. (great photo opp)
Or for even better camera moments head to the top of Te Mata Peak (off Te Mata Peak Road in Havelock North).
As well as being a great look out Te Mata Peak Park has a plethora of great walking and cycling tracks.
It is definitely a Hawke's Bay must do!
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