Lake Rotoiti is the location of the ancestral lands of Ngati Pikiao hapu [sub tribe] of the Te Arawa tribe. The significance of this area lies in its important historic and scenic values.
Waterways around Lake Rotoiti were used as the main channels of trade, travel and warfare for Ngati Pikiao throughout history and over time the lake has come to hold the culture of its people within its’ folds. Rotoiti is home to Maori burial grounds and sacred caves rest around the lakes shores. Ancient Pa [villages] sites are positioned in strategic strongholds around the lakes hills and peninsulas.
A rich Maori culture still exists here today, with Marae [meeting houses] of the major sub-tribes of Ngati Pikiao dotted around the lake. These cultural places provide venues for local communities to meet.
Myths and Legends
Famous myths and legends of the Maori people are linked to Lake Rotoiti, including its discovery by Ihenga. The Pure Cruise New Zealand crew will share some fascinating cultural stories with you during your Lake Rotoiti experience.