Karioi was a beautiful maunga.
she was married to Karewa who was very handsome.
They had some children and they enjoyed life.
One day Pirongia, Karioi youngest sister came to visit.
She was even more beautiful then Karioi.
Karewa fell in love with Pirongia and wanted to be with her.
One night when Karioi was asleep Karewa snuck into the darkness of the night and went to be with Pirongia.
Karioi woke up because she heard strange noises and she saw Karewa flirting with Pirongia.
She was so angry that she burst into tears and cried "aue to mamae!"
Then she cursed Karewa and pushed him out to sea, never to return to land again, where his only friends were the birds.
After banishing Karewa, Karioi lay down with her feet facing the sea so that Pirongia could only see the top of her head.
The first thing Karioi sees every morning is her grandchildren glistening in the sun at Te Aka. Now she faces out to sea to where Karewa is a lonely island knowen as Gennet Island.
Mt Karioi Track
Summit - Lookout - 3 and a half hours one way
The views from the summit of Mt. Karioi are spectacular, on a clear day you can see Mt Taranaki, Pureora, Maungamangero and Te Aroha. Closer at hand you can see all the local harbours as well as Mt Pirongia and Maungatautari. More...
Summit - Lookout - 3 hours one way
If you're not the most experienced hiker but you don't want to miss out on the stunning views, the Wairake Track is for you, taking you up the south face of the mountain. More...