Kā Ara Tūpuna
Te Manahura


Te Manahuna (the Mackenzie Basin) was well-known tribally for its abundance of weka and tuna, which were principally gathered from May to August to take advantage of the high level of fat content which greatly assisted the preservation process. The central location of Te Manahuna within Te Waipounamu meant Kāi Tahu hapū from all over the eastern and southern seaboards of Te Waipounamu undertook seasonal mahika kai expeditions to Te Manahuna over a variety of traditional travel routes.