It's all in a Name

As part of his research into place names in the Park, Project Janszoon Trustee and author Dr Philip Simpson delves into the history of some of our favourite Abel Tasman spots.

Pikikiruna Range

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Pikikiruna has given its name to the main range along the western side of the Park, and to the major faultline that has split the NW Nelson mountains to create the Takaka Valley, and to the unique metamorphic (heat-altered) rock, Pikikiruna schist, that forms the highest points along the western range. At 1065m Pikikiruna Peak is one of the highest points in the Park, just...
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Taupo Point

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Taupo Point is the site of the most important pa along the eastern side of Mohua. It is extremely picturesque, with a steep rounded limestone ‘island’ and two adjacent limestone stacks, all now densely forested. The pits and trenches on top are now buried within matai, titoki and nikau. The site has many karaka trees, offspring of those planted by Tumatakokiri...
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Onetahuti

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Onetahuti is one of the most impressive places in the Park with its lovely beach and impressive wetland and footbridge. The name has been analysed by Peart to mean ‘to run hurriedly (tahuti) along the beach (one)”.  However, it seems much more likely to be a composite of one-tahu-ti. Tahu means to burn or cook, and ti is, of course,...
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Canaan

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Canaan Scenic Reserve is situated adjacent to the Park but is part of the Project Janszoon area.  It is a complete contrast to the coastal region, with its rolling meadows, stands of silver beech trees and interesting rock formations. In 1874 a well known Maori landowner from Wainui, Paramena Haereiti, sometimes locally known as Prumau, went gold prospecting with a colleague up...
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Richardson Stream

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Richardson Stream flows from the Tonga Saddle, south of Awaroa, to the sea at the northern end of Onetahuti beach. It follows a faultline, one of the only faults mapped in the eastern part of the park.   The upper reaches of the stream follow a deep ravine that is filled with a significant patch of original forest including very large rata,...
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Totaranui

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Project Janszoon trustee and botanist Dr Philip Simpson is writing a book about the Abel Tasman National Park.  He is currently researching place names in the Park. Totaranui is one of the most famous places in the Park and is known around the world for its beautiful yellow-orange beach and rustic no-frills campground. Totaranui means big or many totara, one of...
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Tinline Stream

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Tinline Stream is named after a prominent and nationally important local citizen, John Tinline. The name was formalised by the New Zealand Geographic Board in 1968. It is the first substantial stream from the southern entrance to the Park and remains a popular picnic ground just an hour along the Coast Track with a lovely forest remnant walk. The prominent point...
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