Mokoia Island, Rotorua

This island in Lake Rotorua is the scene of Aotearoa's most famous love story. Tutanekai, a brave Mokoia Island warrior of illegitimate birth and Hinemoa, an Arawa princess living on the mainland were forbidden to marry by her parents. However one night, Hinemoa followed the sound of Tutanekai's flute and swam across the lake's icy waters to find her lover.

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