Places To Visit In New Zealand – Te Kaha – East Cape

by Mark Perkins

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Today is an overcast early January day and I am making my way around the East Cape of the north island looking for places to visit in New Zealand, this area is known as the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The views are, as is not uncommon anywhere on New Zealand’s coastline, truly magnificent. Despite the day being

very overcast and the horizon blurred, one can get a feel for the ruggedness and remoteness of the area. In fact it is very much a West Coast feel, but that may be because of the overcast day.

I have stopped for coffee at a little town called Te Kaha. Te Kaha has a history of whaling going back as recently as the 1930’s, but today local industry is mainly farming, including Kiwi fruit orchards. Other employment for the area comes from a Hotel “Te Kaha Beach Resort” which is nestled right down near the water with views out to sea.

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traveling in new zealandTukaki Marae at Te Kaha, is the birth place of New Zealands latest Victoria Cross recipient William Apiata. William was serving in Afganastan at the time, 2004, with the New Zealand SAS and was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2007.

He is one of a number of New Zealanders that have been awarded this honour, not the least of who is Sir Charles Upham you received the VC and Bar, i.e. double honour in North Africa and Crete in the 1940’s.

One of New Zealand’s Naval frigates is also called RNZN – Te Kaha.

The name TE KAHA is Maori, meaning ‘fighting prowess’ or ‘strength’.  The Ship’s Motto is ‘He Ponanga Kaha’ or ‘Service with strength’.

This is an awesome video of the crew of Te Kaha preforming a Haka

Although off the beaten tourist track, Te Kaha is another one of those great places to visit in New Zealand.

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Fidel Eager July 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm

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Makere Jones August 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Kia Ora my whanau are from Te Kaha, Orima Bay is where we live. Epeniha Keefe and Te Owaina Keefe are my Grandparents. It’s awesome to read what you have to say.

Mark Perkins August 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm


Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you liked what I have to say.


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Meaghan Bellotti August 22, 2012 at 12:18 am

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Leata August 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

Kiaora Makere its good to see your post..Im Leata Kingi and my grandparents are Hakirirangi and Rapata Kingi who are buried in Maraehako. My mums name is Miriata and I visited the coast in 2010..Beautiful place as I look forward to come back down there..

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