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The Tears of Ngātoro-i-rangi

The Tears of Ngātoro-i-rangi

During the settling of Aotearoa, the Māori priest, Ngātoro-i-rangi, summitted Tongariro just before being overcome by a mighty blizzard. Near death, Ngātoro-i-rangi called back to his two sisters, Kuiwai and Haungaroa, who sent him sacred fire by a subterranean passage to the top of Tongariro. This life saving gift forms the line of geothermal fire which extends from the Pacific Ocean to the top of Tongariro and is seen in the many volcanoes and hot-springs in the Taupō Volcanic Zone.