Just north of Ruatōria along the Waiapu River banks you can find the town named Tikitiki. The well-known St Mary’s church(opens in new window) is the jewel of Tikitiki – a stunning heritage church built in 1924 that is one of New Zealand’s finest Māori churches.
St Mary's church serves as a memorial to the Māori men from the East Coast between Paritū (south of Gisborne) and Tarakeha/Torere (east of Ōpōtiki) who fought and died in the First World War. Entry to the church is free but koha (donation) is encouraged.
Functional facts: Approx. population 750, basic shops, limited accommodation.