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Celestial Star Compass and Wetlands

Fascinating to learn about traditional methods of navigation used by waka when travelling across... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
New Zealand
Worth stopping off here

We saw this quite by chance and diverted to investigate. Very interesting, clear explanations of... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2018
Gill O
Ascot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

This is located on the coast between the cities of Napier and Hastings where the a number of rivers meet the sea. The main attraction of this park is a circle of stone posts and carvings called the The Ātea a Rangi Star Compass. These...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Fascinating to learn about traditional methods of navigation used by waka when travelling across the seas. The light is stunning as the sun is setting. We were told that the schools and community are continuing to plant in the area - it looks amazing so...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

We saw this quite by chance and diverted to investigate. Very interesting, clear explanations of all the carvings. Really gives you an insight into the Maori way of thinking. Great park area, lots of people fishing. Also cycle and walking tracks. Adequate parking. Worth stopping...More

Thank Gill O
Reviewed 10 March 2018

A hauntingly lovely spot with the Maori Star Compass showing how the islanders found their way to what is now New Zealand. According to Maori's we have spoken to this area of Hawke's Bay is where many waka's landed during the migration period 800 years...More

Thank A R H
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

If you want a free cultural education then this is a cool little park worth visiting. Cruise around the various totem carvings while enjoying the view of Cape Kidnappers. You can also take a small walk around the newly planted wetlands. The park is great...More

Thank Happycats3
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Stopped to see progress on the new Star Compass area. There is a lot of new planting and excavations for wetlands around it. It's looking really good now. There's information boards in place to explain the Star Compass which is approaching completion - new Pou...More

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