Mouthful of a mountain

It’s a mouthful! Hawke’s Bay holds the title for the world’s longest place name with a hill called

Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu.

Translated, it means the place where Tamatea, a well-known chief and warrior (also known as ‘land eater’) climbed and played the flute, or koauau, to his beloved brother who had died in a battle over land. Locals shorten the hill to ‘Taumata’ to avoid running out of breath.

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