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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Te Pōhue. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Remote Te Pōhue, on the Napier--Taupō highway, was once on a Māori track cutting across the tribal boundaries of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Tūwharetoa -- two tribes that were in conflict for a period, then made peace. Around 1870 a coach road was cut through the dense forest, and a hotel was built at Te Pōhue for travellers.

Inland of Hastings and Napier,

Ngāti Kahungunu,

Ngāti Tūwharetoa,

William Colenso,

Coaches and long-distance buses,


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 Pōhue, Travellers Stop - Roadside Stories