Horohoro, New Zealand

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Horohoro is a rural farming community 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south-west of Rotorua, New Zealand. Horohoro is a prominent landmark in the Rotorua area: a flat topped mountain with perpendicular cliffs. It is the traditional home of Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuarā, whose ancestors related an incident in which Kahumatamomoe, a Te Arawa chief, washed his hands in a stream at the northern end of the Horohoro mountain. Hence the full name of the mountain is Te Horohoroinga o ngā ringa o Kahumatamomoe.[1]

Horohoro was one of the first areas in Āpirana Ngata’s 1929 land development scheme, which established farms on Māori land a farming district.[2]

Kearoa meeting house in Tarewa, where it was relocated before being returned to Horohoro.

Horohoro has two marae belonging to Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuarā:[3] Kearoa Marae and meeting house, and Rongomaipapa Marae and Maruahangaroa meeting house (which also connects with Ngāti Kahungunu.[4]


Horohoro School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[5] with a roll of 56 as of March 2020.[6]


  1. ^ Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara (2017). "History=Te Runanga o Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara". Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara.
  2. ^ Malcolm McKinnon (March 2009). "Volcanic Plateau places - Rotorua to Taupō". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  3. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  4. ^ "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  5. ^ "Ministry of Education School Profile". educationcounts.govt.nz. Ministry of Education.
  6. ^ "Education Review Office Report". ero.govt.nz. Education Review Office.

Coordinates: 38°14′S 176°10′E / 38.233°S 176.167°E / -38.233; 176.167