Basic Information

Type/Species: Taniwha
Origin: Maori (Māori) Mythology, New Zealand

About Utakura

Utakura was one of the eleven taniwha sons of Araiteuru (Āraiteuru) of Hokianga Harbour. [2] Each of her eleven sons took a journey to see the country in which they lived, and each left his own mark on the harbor or surrounding country side. [1]

Following his brother's success, Utakura left home to see Waihou's new home. He managed to traverse quite a long journey, only to be stopped by Korotangi Falls and enclosed by a steep gorge. In the end, he made his home in the pool by the falls. [2]

Related Articles


  1. Orbell 13
  2. Gregory - The Hokianga Harbour. Link defunct: <>

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