Part of the backbone of the range, which forms part of a line of mountains extending across much of the North Island, 1213 metre (3979 ft) Maungahaumi is the southernmost of the Raukumara Range's four major peaks. To the southwest of the peak is a saddle separating the Raukumara Range from the Huiarau Range - this saddle, with its highest point at the 725 metre Traffords Hill, is crossed by State Highway 2, the main road link between Gisborne and Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty.
The Horouta waka (led by captain Paoa) became severely damaged by high winds and seas en route to New Zealand. The waka and the crew on board were subsequently washed ashore at Ohiwa near Opotiki with a broken hull and bow piece. Upon landing, Paoa and his crew ventured inland to the interior mountain ranges to find suitable materials to repair the vessel. It was on the mountain that we now know as Maungahaumi, where he found the totara trees that were used to repair and bring together the hull and bow pieces of the waka.
From this experience, Paoa named the mountain from the Maori words maunga (mountain) and haumi (to join together), as a testament to the resources the mountain provided towards repairing the waka.
The tale is also told in the old pātere (chant) "Haramai a Paoa".
- "Our History". mahaki.com. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
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