The Maori legend records that before the dawn of time Ranginui (supreme universe) placed Ruapehu, alone and proud, in the centre of the North Island where the great mountain brought calm to the land.
Sensing Ruapehu’s loneliness, Ranginui placed teardrops at his feet – one of these became the source of the mighty Whanganui River – and sent companions: Tongariro / warrior guardian of the teardrops, Taranaki / custodian of the tapu (sacredness), Ngauruhoe / the ultimate servant, and Pihanga / fertile maiden (Tongariro’s bride).
When Pihanga was tempted by Taranaki’s magnificence, she forced Tongariro to banish his opposition to the west where Taranaki settled in the region that bears his name.
Because Mount Taranaki still lives in isolation on the West Coast of the North Island I know this is not she. But is this Ruapehu, Tongariro or Ngauruhoe that I have snapped from western side of the Tongariro National Park?
Answers on a postcard, please or in the comments box below.
This is posted in response to Ailsa’s theme this week – mountains. Where’s my backpack? has a weekly photography theme here.