East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Sights

Te Poho o Rawiri Meeting House

  • Cnr Ranfurly St & Queens Drive Map It
  • Kaiti Hill
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

This is one of the largest Māori marae (meeting houses) in New Zealand, and the interior has excellent, complex traditional carving. One example is the tekoteko, a kneeling human figure with the right hand raised to challenge those who enter the marae. There are also unusual interior alcoves and a stage framed by carvings; it's essentially a meetinghouse within a meetinghouse. Photography is not allowed inside. On the side of the hill stands the 1930s Toko Toro Tapu Church. You'll need permission to explore either site; contact the Gisborne-Eastland Visitor Information Centre and donations are requested.

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Cnr Ranfurly St & Queens Drive, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand

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Published 10/27/2015


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