This is a typical Maori name. In the mid 19th century and in this place was a hotel where stopping people who came to be treated mineral waters of New Zealand, or visit the pink and white terraces, which were the ornament of the area and were sometimes called the eighth wonder of the world. Beautiful place with 90-meter waterfall, with rapid wide creek, which sports a trout and can be fed to the catwalk. Vegetation, as elsewhere in New Zealand is rich and luscious with its colors and shades. Around the hotel was located Maori village.
Early in the morning June 10, 1886 happened over these last 20,000 years Tarawera eruption, which brought a lot of unhappiness in this beautiful land. At this village in the eruption fell a cubic mile of ash (ashes of fallen here measures the cubic miles) and covered an area of 775,000 square meters. This is the largest volcano claimed 150 lives, destroyed houses and beautiful pink and white terraces. In this Maori village lived a priest Tohunga, which for some well-known to him alone features predicted the imminent disaster for a few hours and offered residents and tourists to leave this place, but as often happens in life, he does not believed and no one left. Not gone, and he decided to stay with their parishioners. When it happened, and the eruption of the first shock had passed, began to look for survivors and survivors dug out as far as possible of those who could dig up.