Points of Interest
From the time of Ngatoroirangi, Wairakei Terraces has been home to the people of Ngati Tuwharetoa. Their history is a mantle over this land. The stories of the land, water and fire , are their stories.
The therapeutic waters of Te Kiri o Hinekai have been used by Maori since pre-European times for healing and bathing. The waters soothed and healed the bodies and limbs of warriors and whanau (family) providing sustenance for the people.
In the 19th/20th Century its pools were touted as bathing and healing spa's and used by tourists, affluent noblemen and women who came from all over the world to enjoy its soothing waters, testifying to its healing powers.
The main bathing pool 'Te Kiri o Hinekai', known later as the 'Honeymoon Pool' was closed in the 1960's when the stream was diverted during construction of the Wairakei Geothermal Power Development.