Steeple Rock

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Steeple Rock is the largest rock of Barrett Reef at the west of the entrance to Wellington Harbour, rising 7m above sea level. Its Māori name is Te Aroaro-o-Kupe (The front of Kupe), after being officially changed on 3 September 2009 from Te Ure-o-Kupe (The penis of Kupe).[1] Kupe, the legendary discoverer of Aotearoa, is said to have injured himself on the rock while swimming.[2]


  1. ^ Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Maori exploration in Wellington
  2. ^ "Steeple Rock/Te Aroaro-o-Kupe". Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) - Toitū te whenua. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 

Coordinates: 41°19′26″S 174°50′29″E / 41.323975°S 174.841294°E / -41.323975; 174.841294