Titirangi (hill)

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Titirangi is a hill in Gisborne city, New Zealand. [1] It is also known as Kaiti Hill, but this refers to the first ridge overlooking Poverty Bay and Gisborne. [2] The hill is an ancestral site of the Ngāti Oneone hapū (sub-tribe) in Gisborne. It is at the base of this hill that Captain James Cook came ashore, after first sighting New Zealand in October 1769.

The 33 ha Titirangi Reserve is a tourist attraction; the hill has a Cook monument, a pohutukawa tree planted by Diana, Princess of Wales, the James Cook Observatory, a fitness course, a park, and four lookouts over Gisborne city and Poverty Bay. Other features include a World War II gun emplacement, a summit track and nature trails. [2] At the base of the hill is the marae Te Poho-o-Rawiri, the home of Ngāti Oneone, which was built by Master-carver, Pine Taiapa.[ citation needed ]

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  1. "Place name detail: Titirangi". New Zealand Gazetteer. Land Information New Zealand . Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Introducing Titirangi Reserve" (PDF). Gisborne District Council. Retrieved 15 November 2009.

Coordinates: 38°40′40″S178°01′52″E / 38.6777°S 178.0311°E / -38.6777; 178.0311