Formerly the religious, spiritual and cultural center of Polynesia, the marae of Taputapuatea is still imbued with the mana of the ancestors of the Polynesian people. Standing alongside the lagoon, the sacred and imposing paved courtyards and stone platforms tell the story of an age long before the first European visitors. Just beyond the car park is a pathway that leads up the side of the mountain to a scenic viewpoint with a truly breathtaking view. Looking down you can appreciate the scale and importance of the marae below.
The sacred island