Kakahi Falls

Kakahi Falls

The Kakahi Falls is the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
          
Its temperature is approximately 40°C, which is a nice hot shower. The falls hold a special place for Maori people, in that they were used by warriors to bathe and cleanse themselves of the blood of battle when they returned.

The sulphur in the water was very good in that it acted as a salve to the wounds and scratches, that the warriors received at the hands of their enemies.

The full name of the falls is ‘O Te Mimi O Te Kakahi’ which is translated into 'the urine of Kakahi'. The reason behind this name is that like all indigenous people, our Maori warriors knew that urine is also a great salve that you could apply to cuts and wounds when you were not able to come to these falls.

Kakahi was a noted warrior of Rangiteaorere and hence the name.

The other reason why this site is of importance to Rotorua Maori was that the Tohunga or Medicine man for the tribe would bring the new born baby boys to these falls and dedicate the boys to the God of War. This ceremony which was very similar to a Christian Baptism took place in the hollowed area directly below the middle waterspout.
The Kakahi Falls is the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
          
Its temperature is approximately 40°C, which is a nice hot shower. The falls hold a special place for Maori people, in that they were used by warriors to bathe and cleanse themselves of the blood of battle when they returned.

The sulphur in the water was very good in that it acted as a salve to the wounds and scratches, that the warriors received at the hands of their enemies.

The full name of the falls is ‘O Te Mimi O Te Kakahi’ which is translated into 'the urine of Kakahi'. The reason behind this name is that like all indigenous people, our Maori warriors knew that urine is also a great salve that you could apply to cuts and wounds when you were not able to come to these falls.

Kakahi was a noted warrior of Rangiteaorere and hence the name.

The other reason why this site is of importance to Rotorua Maori was that the Tohunga or Medicine man for the tribe would bring the new born baby boys to these falls and dedicate the boys to the God of War. This ceremony which was very similar to a Christian Baptism took place in the hollowed area directly below the middle waterspout.

 

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