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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Te Mata Peak - Hawke's Bay's giant. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Dominating the Hawke's Bay skyline, Te Mata Peak and the surrounding range resemble a man lying on his back. According to Māori tradition, the peak has its origins in a tale of a giant warrior and a local tribe's attempt to outwit him.

Te Mata Peak,

Ngāti Kahungunu,


The wine experience,

Hawke's Bay region,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Te Mata Peak - Roadside Stories