Whakatāne to Ruatāhuna
The road trip from @whakatane.nz to Ruatahuna is best described as a journey - and it was one of the best journeys I’ve ever experienced. There’s no doubt that going into Te Urewera is quite intimidating, as you're unaware of what you're going to say, do, hear or feel. But the people we met were some of the most friendly and welcoming hosts Aotearoa has to offer. It really did feel like the more time we gave to this place the more we got back. Massive thank you to the team at Whakatāne kohut
@barekiwi visited Whakatāne and took a journey into our wilderness. From the coast through Galatea, Whirinaki Te-pua-a-Tāne and on to Te Urewera and Ruatāhuna, this is his journey in more ways than one. With special thanks to: @whakatane.nz @teureweratreks @kohutapulodge @manawahoneynz @riverbugnz @whirinakiforestfootsteps #tetiiruatāhuna #teurewera #manawahoneynz
Today I sat and spoke with one of our kaumatua of Ruatāhuna, who shared some kōrero about the stores that once stood here in Ruatāhuna and serviced our community. It was humbling to hear the history of the stores. He spoke about Te Toa a Kamurana – Te Kooti Springs Motel, Te Toa a Horomona – Soloman’s Store, Te Kōapū – Ruatāhuna Cooperative, Ruatāhuna Motel & General Store and finally Te Tii.