Cape Reinga

My very first visit!! It was amazing - OK, so it was a windy day and it's hard to hear what I'm saying, (and also the quality of the video ain't the best!) but I'm talking about the 'meeting of the waters' which you can see clearly behind me, in Maori Legend, Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga), marks the separation of the Tasman Sea from the Pacific Ocean. For Maori, these turbulent waters are where the male sea, Te Moana Tapokopoko a Tawhaki, meets the female sea, Te Tai o Whitireia. They represent the coming together of male and female and the creation of life. The Whirlpools where the currents clash are like those that dance in the wake of a waka. 'Te Rerenga Wairua' in te reo Māori, means the leaping-off place of spirits.

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