Te Kao

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Te Kao
Te Kao is located in Northland Region
Te Kao
Te Kao
Coordinates: 34°39′05″S 172°58′13″E / 34.65139°S 172.97028°E / -34.65139; 172.97028
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Far North District

Te Kao is a district on the Aupouri Peninsula of Northland, New Zealand. State Highway 1 passes through the district. Cape Reinga is 46 km to the north, and Houhora is 24 km to the south. The Aupouri Forest and Ninety Mile Beach are to the west.[1][2]

The Te Aupōuri athlete Te Houtaewa started his legendary run along Ninety Mile Beach at Te Kao.[3]


Te Kao School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 2 and a roll of 24.[4] The school celebrated its 125th anniversary on Labour Weekend, 2006.[5]

Coordinates: 34°39′05″S 172°58′13″E / 34.65139°S 172.97028°E / -34.65139; 172.97028

Ratana Church at Te Kao. The Ratana Church is characterised by bell towers at each of the front corners, which bear the words "Arepa" and "Omeka" (Maori transliterations of the Greek words Alpha and Omega - the beginning and the end)[6]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 2. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 15. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "Muriwhenua Tribes - Ancestors". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  4. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Te Kao School". Ministry of Education. 
  5. ^ "School Reunion". maori.org.nz. 
  6. ^ Parkes, W. F. (c. 1965). The Visitors' Guide to the Far North - Mangonui County (3rd ed.). p. 44.