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Tararua History Remutaka Place Name Origins

Compiled by Jeremy Foster -> mailto:jjfoster [snail] xtra [period] co [period] nz, August 2019.

Revised: 16 October 2019.
Phone: (04) 586–5807.

The information is laid out in the following style:

Locality Name for example – Abbots Creek.
Type of geographical feature for example – Water.
Definition for example – William Abbott (1784 – 1877)
was a 19th century settler in the Featherston area.
It is also known as Otauira Creek.
Source of the information for example – Map.
Meaning of the information for example – Electoral Roll.
Time frame when the name came into existence for example – 1880s.

The origin of the names of various topographical features of the Remutaka Ranges, excluding street names.

The Remutaka Ranges extend approximately 47km from SH2 in the north to Turakirae Head in the south.

The area in scope covers is from the SH2 road southwards where it crosses the Range.

  • on the East side that is Wellington it is from the SH2 road to Whitemans Valley.
  • on the West side that is Wairarapa it is from the SH2 road to Turakirae Head.

Other documents that relate to the area are:

  • for mountain bike and other tracks that are in the Pakuratahi Forest area see the Pakuratahi Forest Tracks Place Name Origins document.
  • for Orongorongo place name origins see the Orongorongo Place Name Origins document.
  • for Wainuiomata place name origins see the Wainuiomata Place Name Origins document.

For more history about the Māori naming and their association with the Remutaka Ranges see:

  • A Guide to Rimutaka Forest Park by Bill Sewell.
  • Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard.
  • The History of the Orongorongo Valley and Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor.

The huts that are mentioned in the document are the ones that were / are located from Corner Creek to Turakirae Head area. Also the huts administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The Map sources are from various topographical maps as stated in the Bibliography.

Abbots Creek Water
William Abbott (1784 – 1877) was a 19th century settler in the Featherston area. It is also known as Otauira Creek.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1880s.

Barneys Stream Water
Water Barneys Whare Hut
Frank Barnes (1859 – 1941) was a sailor and later became a shepherd at Orongorongo Station. He was also an artist. He lived in the hut from 1895 to 1936. The private hut is owned by the Orongorongo Station.

Source – Map. Information – The History Of The Orongorongo Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane– Taylor. Time Frame – 1900s.

Battery Stream Water
Where battery were used to power electricity. The hut was in existence from the 1960s to 2009. It was a DOC Hut.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1840s.

Bawbaw, Mt High Point
It is from the Australian Aboriginal word for echo or perhaps 'bo' meaning big. Topographical maps prior to the 1950s show this as named BauBau.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1882.

Black Whare, Mukamuka Hut
The hut was built of malthoid sheeting over a wire netting frame which was black. The hut was in existence from the 1920s to the 1960s. It was a private hut owned by Eglinton / Wharekauhau Station but visitors were allowed to use it.

Source – The History Of The Orongoronga Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor. Information – The History Of The Orongoronga Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor. Time Frame – 1900s.

Bocketts Stream Water
Charles Frederick Bockett (1857 – 1913) was a 19th century settler in the South Wairarapa area. It was known as Brocketts Creek / Stream..

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1870s.

Boundary Creek Water
Geographic term in that it is marking the separating of an area. In this situation it is a water source.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1880s.

Breakwind Stream Water A windbreak design to stop severe wind gusts. In the 1880s a train was overturned in the area due to strong winds.

Source – Bridge Name. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1880s.

Burling, Mt High Point
Burlings Stream Water
Henry Burling (1801 – 1911) was a 19th century settler in the Featherston area.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1840s.

Climie Creek Water
Climie, Mt High Point
James Daniel Climie (1850 – 1928) was a surveyor in Wellington.

Source – Map. Information – Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard. Time Frame – 1882.

Colletts Stream Water
Thomas George Collett (1843 – 1930) was a 19th century settler in the Mangaroa Valley area. He was a farmer of section 165.

Source – Map. Information – Upper Hutt Street A–Z Master Themes by Lynly Yates. Time Frame – 1870s.

Collies Track Track
John Middleton Collie (1834 – 1893) was part of Collie, Scott, and Wilkinson contractors who won the Summit Contract. It may have been of short length, but was perhaps the most difficult as it included the 630 yard (576 metre) Summit tunnel. The contract terminated a short distance downhill of the tunnel. It is also known as Kellys Track. The origin of this name is not known.

Source – Greater Wellington Regional Council. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1870s.

Collins Stream Water
James Collins (1806 – 1861) was a 19th century settler in the Te Marua area.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1840s.

Cooley Stream Water
James Edmund Cooley (1843 – 1911) was a 19th century settler in the Mangaroa Valley area.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1870s.

Cone, The High Point
A fruit of a conifer, typically tapering to a rounded end and formed of a tight array of overlapping scales on a central axis which separate to release the seeds.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1880s.

Corner Creek Water
Geographical term in that two sides or edges meet.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Cross Creek Settlement / Water
Lot Cross (1837 – 1891) was a 19th century farmer in the vicinity of the Cross Creek Railway settlement. He was farming in the area before it was decided that the railway was going to go through. There is also a stream named after him.

Source – Map. Information – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Time Frame – 1870s.

Deraa, Mt High Point
A fortress. Named after the Syrian city of the same name.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1882.

Dog Hill High Point
A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractable claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice. Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Didet, Mt High Point
A Latin word meaning spread out, disseminate.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Drakes Elbow Geographic Feature
James Charles Drake (1821 – 1865) was a surveyor. He was part of a surveying team to build a road over the Remutaka Ranges in the 1850s.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1850s.

Echo Gully Geographic Feature
A deep valley that's formed by water that runs across land and wears it away.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1900s.

Eglinton Whare, Mukamuka Hut
Henry Eglinton (1838 – 1904) was a 19th century settler at Wharekaukau, Wairarapa.

Source – The History Of The Orongorongo Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1880s.

Fern Creek Water Fern Hill High Point
The area has many ferns which are feathery or leafy fronds.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Fifty–Eight Stream Water
Corruption of ‘158’. Section 158 is one of the designated land blocks in the Whitemans Valley area. Another possibility is that someone from the British Army 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot settled in the area. It was called 58 Stream.

Source – Map. Information – Upper Hutt Information Centre. Time Frame – 1882.

Fishermans Rock Headland
The rock where fisherman noted that was used to mark an area that entrance to Wellington Harbour was near.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1840s.

Goat Rock High Point
The goat is a surefit animal so it is steep and suitable for them.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Gooden / Goodin, Mt High Point
Philip Gooden (1822 – 1897) was a 19th century settler in the Greytown area.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1880s.

Govt Gully Water
A shortened version for government. It is a system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state. In the case of its broad associative definition, government normally consists of legislature, executive, and judiciary.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Gravel Gully Water
A loose aggregation of small water–worn or pounded stones.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

High Maunganui High Point
A large mountain that catched the sun in the morning. It was also known as High Monganui. Maunga means mountain. Nui means large, big.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

High Misty, Mt High Point
A cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface that limits visibility.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Hinakitaka Stream Water
A place that is good for setting eel traps. Hinaki means eel. Taka means place.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Hinau Flats Geographic Feature
A tall native tree with long leaves, whitish underneath and producing masses of white flowers and edible berries, the pounded kernels of which form a meal from which hinau bread is baked, while the bark is used for dye for the initial stage of producing the black of muka.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Horseshoe Gully Geographic Feature
It is shaped like a shoe for a horse formed of a narrow band of iron in the form of an extended circular arc. It is also known as Siberia Corner / Curve.

Source – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1870s.

Huia Stream Water
The huia was a native bird with beautiful black and white tail feathers used by the Māori for decoration. It is now extinct.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1880s.

Johnsons Stream Water
James Johnson (1819 – 1901) was a 19th century settler in the Whitemans Valley area. He was a farmer at Section 54 of Whitemans Valley.

Source – Map. Information – Upper Hutt Street A–Z Master Themes by Lynly Yates. Time Frame – 1860s.

Kaitoke Stream Water
A meal of earthworms. On occasions only worms could be found in the poor soils in the area. Kai means eat, food. Toke means worms.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Karaka Rocks Geographic Feature
A native tree with glossy leaves and orange berries.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Kaumatua Ridge Ridge
A respected elderly person. The Kaumatua Tramping Club who 'pioneered' the route, cut and marked the track along the ridge. Name is used locally by all of the local Wellington tramping clubs, Forest and Bird branches and Search and Rescue. It was named in 1990.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1990s.

Kawakawa Bay Water
A shrub of the pepper family with aromatic leaves, cultivated as an ornamental. It is also known as Palliser Bay.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Kotumu, Mt High Point
Kotumu Stream Water A stump.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Ladle Bend Creek Water
A large long–handled spoon with a cup–shaped bowl, used for serving soup or sauce. It is situated on the curve of the Pakuratahi River.

Source – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Information – Internet Search. Time Frame – 1870s.

Lucena Stream Water
William Lancaster Lucena (1839 – 1902) was a 19th century settler in the Featherston area. It is also known as Owhanga Stream.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1880s.

Mahers Stream Water
James Joseph Maher (1888 – 1964) was a 20th century farmer in the Mangaroa Valley area. He also represented the Otaki electorate from 1945 to 1960.

Source – Map. Information – Upper Hutt Street A–Z Master Themes by Lynly Yates. Time Frame – 1920s.

Manganui Stream Water
A great stream. Manga means stream. Nui means great.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Mangaroa River Water
A long stream. Manga means river or stream. It was also known as Monganui Stream. Roa is long. Mangaroa has been spelt as Mungaroa and Maungaroa.

Source – Map. Information – Upper Hutt Street A–Z Master Themes by Lynly Yates. Time Frame – 1800s.

Manuka Hill Vegetation
A flowering native tree that has aromatic, prickly leaves and many small, white, pink or red flowers. There were lots of manuka in the area.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1860s.

Matarua Stream Water
A reddish water, from the iron oxide in the local swamp.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Matthews, Mt High Point
Charles Matthews (1811 – 1892) was a 19th century settler first at Wharepapa and later at Wairongomai in the Wairarapa. It is the highest point in the Remutaka Range at 940 metres. The Māori name for this not known.

Maunganui, Mt High Point
A large mountain that catched the sun in the morning. Maunga means mountain. Nui means large, big.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Maungaroa Ridge
A long mountain. Maunga means mountain. Roa is long.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Miro Creek Track / Water
A evergreen coniferous native tree. It grows up to 25 m high, with a trunk up to 1.3 m diameter.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Misty Hill High Point
A cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface that limits visibility.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1880s.

Morris, Mt High Point
The origin of this name is not known. It is also known as Tapokopoko, Mt.

Source – Map. Information – ??. Time Frame – 1882.

Mukamuka Stream Water
A lot of inner flax fibres. It is a tassel made from muka formed around a smaller knot. Muka means flax fibre.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Mukamukaiti Stream Water
A lot of small inner flax fibres. It is a tassel made from muka formed around a smaller knot. It is also known as Little Mukamuka. Muka means flax fibre. Iti means small.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Mukamuka–nui Water
A lot of large inner flax fibres. It is a tassel made from muka formed around a smaller knot. Muka means flax fibre. Nui means large.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Muldoons Corner Geographic Feature
Robert David Muldoon (1921 – 1992) was a New Zealand Prime Minister. It was named because of a knobbly bit on the overlooking cliff–face that came right down on the road. It looked just like Muldoon's grin. It was eased in 2012 by removing several tight curves, which improved visibility and provided barriers along the valley side of the road.

Source – Newspaper article. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1970s.

Munitions Bend Geographic Feature
A storage area was established during the First World War. This location was chosen as it was isolated and accessible only by official persons.

Source – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Information – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Time Frame – 1914.

Narrow Neck Stream Water
Geographical term in that the stream is narrow or small.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Nicholl, Mt High Point
William Nicols (1815 – 1890) was a 19th century farmer in the Featherston area. Nicholl is a misspelling of Nicols.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1880s.

Oreore Stream Water
To shake, quiver or move. It is also known as Oriori Stream.

Source – Map. Information – The Great Harbour Of Tara by G. Leslie Adkin. Time Frame – 1800s.

Orongorongo, Mt High Point
The waters of Rongorongo. It is a shortened version of Te Wai O Rongorongo. Te means the. Wai means water. O means of. Rongorongo is a female name. Orongo was an ancient deity of Hawaii. Rongo is the Māori god agriculture, and father of the kumara.

Source – Map. Information – Built Heritage Of The Orongorongo Valley by Chris Cochran, Chris Maclean, Allan Sheppard. Time Frame – 1800s.

Otaiura Stream Water
Where water rushes. John Alexander Wilson (1838 – 1909) recorded a tradition that an old time tribe, known as Te Tauira, formerly lived at Te Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, that they were expelled from that district by Rakai–pāka and fled southward to Wairarapa. A tradition states that Otauira, a stream near Featherston, was named after them. It is also known as Abbots Creek.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Owhanga Stream Water
A nest. It is also known as Lucena Stream.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Pakuratahi, Mt High Point
Pakuratahi River Water
Pakuratahi Tunnel Tunnel
A first swamp hen. Pakura means swamp hen. Tahi means first.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Palliser Bay Water
Hugh Palliser (1723 – 1796) was a patron and follow explorer of James Cook. It is also known as Kawakawa Bay.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1770s.

Papatahi Crossing Track
Papatahi, Mt High Point
Papatahi Stream Water
A flat area. Papa means flat. Tahi means area.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Peak, The (formerly The Hump) High Point
Geographical term in that it is a pointed top.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Plateau, Mt High Point
Geographical term in that it is a level high ground that overlooks the surrounding area.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Point, The High Point
Geographical term in that it is a top part of the range and that it sticks out.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1882.

Portal High Point
A entrance to a tunnel.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1950s.

Prices Tunnel Tunnel
Thomas Price (1838 – 1906) was the manager on the Incline Contract between the Summit tunnel and Featherston in the mid–late 1870s, working for the contractor of that section, Charles McKirdy. He later operated timber tramways in the Akatarawas.

Source – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1870s.

Prince Stream Water
Prince of Wales (1841 – 1910) who was born Albert Edward, was the son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He later became King Edward VII.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1880s.

Railway, Mt High Point
A track made of steel that trains run along. Named after the Upper Hutt to Featherston railway that use to run in the area before the Remutaka Tunnel was built.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1880s.

Red Hut, Mukamuka Hut
The hut was built of corrugated iron painted with the red roof paint used frequently at the time because it was known for its durability. The hut was in existence from the 1920s to the 1960s and used by the musterers of Eglinton Station. It was a private hut owned by the Eglinton / Wharekauhau Station but visitors were allowed to use it.

Source – The History Of The Orongorongo Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor. Information – The History Of The Orongorongo Valley And Environs by Joanna Lane–Taylor. Time Frame – 1920s.

Redington Stream Water
Roger Redington (1931 – 2017) owned land in the Mangaroa Valley area. He was also a builder and worked for Odlins Timber Company.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1960s.

Remutaka Forest Park Reserve / Park
A conservation park covering approximately 22,000 hectares or 220 square kilometres along the Remutaka Ranges between Wellington and the Wairarapa plains. It was established in 1972.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1800s.

Remutaka Incline / Rail Track Track
Where the railway line crossed the Remutaka Ranges before the tunnel was completed in 1955.

Source – Map. Information – Wikipedia. Time Frame – 1950s.

Remutaka, Mt High Point
Remutaka Pass Geographic Point
Remutaka Railway Tunnel Tunnel
Remutaka Range Ridge
Remutaka Stream Water
Edge of his cape touching the ground on that spot. Or noted iwi ancestor Haunui–a–Nanaia, resting or sitting on the pass while looking over Wairarapa. It was named as part of his journey of discovery across the southern North Island. In 2017 the name changed from Rimutaka to Remutaka. Remu means edge. Taka means ground.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Rimutaka Range Ridge
It is a misspelling of the word Remutaka.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Rochforts Pass Geographic Feature
John Rochfort (1832 – 1893) was a surveyor and engineer. It was him that identified a lower pass than the road so that the railway could cross the Remutakas Ranges.

Source – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Information – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Time Frame – 1870s.

Siberia Corner / Curve Geographic Feature
Siberia Tunnel Tunnel
A cold, inhospitable place known for its wind. A windbreak was built here after a locomotive was blown over in strong winds. It is also known as Horseshoe Gully.

Source – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1870s.

Sinclairs Creek Water
Alexander Sinclair (1819 – 1886) was a 19th century settler in the Whitemans Valley area.

Source – Map. Information – Upper Hutt Street A–Z Master Themes by Lynly Yates. Time Frame – 1870s.

Slip, Mt High Point
A movement of geological features present on either side of a fault plane. It was here that difference between two fault lines are easily seen.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Summit Settlement Summit, The High Point
Summit Tunnel Tunnel
Geographical term in that it is the highest point of the railway line that used to run over the Remutaka Ranges. It also refers to the lookout at the top of the Remutaka Hill road.

Source – A Guide To The Rimutaka Rail Trail by Graeme Jupp. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1870s.

Swansons Creek Water
Charles Swanson (1839 – 1917) was a 19th century settler in the Whitemans Valley area.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1882.

Tanes Track Track
The God of Forests and Light.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Tapokopoko, Mt High Point
Tapokopoko Stream Water
To sink into mud or get bogged down. It is also known as Morris, Mt.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Te Ara Tirohanga Track Track
The place where the view improves as you climb the ascending pathway. It was renamed in May 2012 from the Rimutaka Trig Track. Te means the. Ara means path. Tirohanga means view.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Thrust Creek Water
Geological term in that there is a break in the Earths crust, across which older rocks are pushed above younger rock.

Source – Reading The Rocks – A Guide To Geological Features Of The Wairarapa Coast by Lloyd Homer and Phil Moore. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1990s.

Tramway Gully Water
There were a number of timber tramways in the area that were built to extract timber.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Tunnel Gully Valley
Gully Tunnel, Mt High Point
Where there is an artificial underground passage through a hill. Named after the Mangaroa, Pakuratahi and Remutaka railway tunnels that are in the area.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1870s.

Turakirae Head Headland
Turakirae Hut Hut
A headland where the Remutaka Range descends southward and meets the sea. The hut was in existence from the 1920s to the 1960s and used by musterers of the Orongorongo Station. It was a private hut owned by the Orongorongo Station but visitors were allowed to use it. Turaki means to push down. Rae means headland.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Waimarara, Mt High Point
Waimarara Stream Water
Moon over shinning water. There are various interpretations of Waimarama which are – moon over shinning water, clear water, name given to a fresh water spring and the sight of the full moon rising from the sea on a clear summer’s evening. It is an ancient name.
Topographical maps prior to the 1990s had Waimarara Stream on the west side, that is the Wellington side of Mt Waimarara. After 1990 Waimarara Stream was on the east side, that is the Wairarapa side of Mt Waimarara. Wai means water. Marama means moon, light or enlighten.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Waiorongomai Hut Hut
Waiorongomai River Water
Waiorongomai Saddle Geographic Feature
Waiorongomai Track Track
A peaceful water. The hut was built in 1980. It is a DOC hut. Relates to a Māori Legend of the giant bird Rongomai (bird of peace) who stopped to drink from Lake Wairarapa on his way up the North Island from Wellington. Also waters of repute. Wai means water. Rongo means peace. Mai means for ages.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Place Names Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Whare Hill High Point
A house or hut. Named after a house / hut that was located in the area.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Wharekauhau, Mt High Point
Wharekauhau Stream Water
A place of knowledge. Whare means house. Kauhau means knowledge.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary. Time Frame – 1800s.

Wharepapa Hut Hut
Wharepapa River Water
A house built of flat planks or boards. The hut was built in 1962 by possum hunters. It is also known as Joes Hut. The origin of this name is not known. It is a DOC hut. Whare means house. Papa means flat.

Source – Map. Information – Māori Dictionary, DoC. Time Frame – 1800s.

White Stone Hill High Point
White stones are present.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1900s.

Whitemans Spur High Point
Edward Whiteman (1855 – 1927) was a 19th century farmer in the Mangaroa Valley area. He is a descendant of George Whiteman (1828 – 1905) who discovered Whitemans Valley while pig hunting in 1846.

Source – Map. Information – Electoral Roll. Time Frame – 1900s.

Windy Point Headland
Geographical term in that it is always windy and exposed at this point.

Source – Map. Information – Internet Dictionary. Time Frame – 1840s.

Bibliography

Maps

  • A Guide To Rimutaka And Haurangi State Forest Parks 274/4 Edition 1 1984.
  • Featherston BP33 Edition 1 2017.
  • Featherston Camp Manoeuvre Area, Topographical Survey Section, Defence Department 1916.
  • Hutt N160 1943.
  • Hutt N160 3rd Edition 1965.
  • Hutt N160 4th Edition 1977.
  • Lake Wairarapa BQ33 Edition 1 2015.
  • Lake Wairarapa S27 Edition 1 1980.
  • Lower Hutt BQ32 Edition 1 2017.
  • Onoke N165 3rd Edition 1973.
  • Paraparaumu BP32 Edition 1 2017.
  • Park Map Rimutaka And Haurangi 274–02 Edition 2 1989.
  • Rimutaka N161 2nd Edition 1968.
  • Rimutaka N161 3rd Edition 1974.
  • Trentham Manoeuvre Area, Topographical Survey Section, Defence Department 1916 and 1929.
  • Turakirae R28 Edition 1 1978.
  • Wellington BQ31 Edition 2 2016.
  • Wellington N164 2nd Edition 1962.
  • Wellington N164 3rd Edition 1967.
  • Wellington N164 4th Edition 1974.
  • Wellington R27 1st Edition 1979.
  • Wellington R27 and part Q27 2nd Edition 1983.
  • Wellington R27, R28 and part Q27 2006.
  • Wellington R27, R28 and part Q27 3rd Edition 1996.

Other sources

  • Surveyor Field Books from Land Information New Zealand.

Birth and Deaths dates have been obtained from:

  • Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes from New Zealand, England and Ireland.
  • Other genealogy sources such as Ancestry and Find My Past.
  • Department of Conservation (DOC) website.
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council website.
  • Internet Dictionary.
  • Internet Searches.
  • New Zealand Electoral Rolls from the 1860s to present.
  • Papers Past Website.
  • Stream names that are on bridges from personal visit along the Western Lake Road, Wairarapa.
  • Tararua Tramping Club Trip Reports and website.

Books

  • Adkin, G. Leslie. The Great Harbour of Tara.
  • Barnett, Shaun and Maclean, Chris. 100 Years of the Tararua Tramping Club.
  • Best, Elsdon. The land of Tara and they who settled it.
  • Cameron, W. N. A Line of Railway.
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