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When you walk though the Waharoa or gateway from the new carpark at Rerenga Wairua to go down to the lighthouse, you will hear an eerie haunting sound.
This area is a wahi tapu, or sacred place to my people as our histories tell us that this is the place that the spirits depart to return to our ancient homeland.
The eerie haunting sound is from a traditional Maori musical instrument. It is there to remind us to pause and remember those who have departed before us. A time to reflect on our loved ones who are no longer with us.
Pause a moment and soak up the atmosphere before walking down to the lighthouse.
Written Jul 8, 2012
Cape Reinga, also known as Rerenga Wairua (the departing place of the spirts) is a spiritual and sacred place to Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Don't climb the hill on the left at the start of the main path just past the toilets.
Keep to the main path going down to the lighthouse and don't go any further than that.
Dont eat going to / from the lighthouse.
Don't take any flora or fauna.
Don't climb up the side of the bank on the right hand side coming down to the carpark.
Enjoy the feeling of the place :-)
Updated Mar 24, 2006