Several mountains once stood, like noble gods, highabove the land in the centre of the North Island.Tongariro, the greatest of them all, lived besideNgauruhoe, Ruapehu and Taranaki.
lovely maiden Pihanga, with her cloak of deepgreen bush folded closely around hershoulders.
Pihanga was an object of great beauty.All the mountain gods loved her, but theone she chose was the venerable white-haired Tongariro.
What had been a long, peaceful xistence for the mountain gods as disturbed when Taranaki could o longer keep his feelings in heck, and dared to make advanceso Pihanga.
A mighty conflict between Tongariroand Taranaki ensued, which shockethe very foundations of the earth. Thmountains belched forth their angerdarkness clouded the sky.
When peace finally came to the landTongariro, considerably lowered inheight, stood close by Pihangasside.
ranaki, wild with grief and anger, tore himselfom his roots with a mighty wrench and left hisomeland. He plundered recklessly towards the tting sun. Great was his path of sorrow, for as fled, Taranaki had torn a long, deep wound rough the earth
Upon reaching theocean turned north,finally coming to restgrand isolation, amountain in his own
Soon from the side of Tongariro there sprang forth a stream of clear waterwhich filled and healed the wound that Taranaki had made in the earth
n forests, filled with theg birds, grew on the banks is newly formed river, h we know today as the