Join us on this easy guided tour across one of the largest volcanic cones in the Auckland region, Mângere Mountain also known as Te Pane a Mataaho (the head of Mataaho).
Mângere Mountain was the site of a major Mâori Pâ (fortified village) and there are many earthworks and archaeological features that remain today including these beautiful kumara (sweet potato) storage pits.
When Mâori were living on the mountain these kumara storage pits would have been covered over to keep the tubers cool and dry during the winter months. Kumara were an important food source and the tubers were also kept for planting in the spring.
You can just imagine the hive of activity as food was gathered and stored. It would have been an amazing sight and we are so privileged to still have these well-formed kumara pits on our mountain close to where we live.