Whakapūnake Print

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A beautiful print of the mountain of the East Cape.

The legend:

As the Māori legend goes, Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island of Aotearoa), was a giant fish caught by Maui with hook made from his Grandmother's jawbone. Mount Whakapūnake played a significant role in this tale. The fish was so hard to pull in that Maui decided he had to go back and get some more help. He begged his brothers not to touch it while he was gone but they couldn’t help themselves and they started hacking away at the sides of the fish. They carved deep gullies into its flesh, creating the landscape we see today. It is said that Whakapūnake is where Maui’s special hook got stuck in the fish.


You will receive a digital copy to print at home. We recommend printing on 300gsm card or higher for best results.