We just love Blueberries!
Our berries are grown by us, hand-picked and packed on site by our awesome team at Blueberry Corner. We grow blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries and Rānui berries right here in the sunny Bay of Plenty!
THE BEAUTIFUL WHAKATANE
The first inhabitant, more than 1,000 years ago, was Tīwakawaka, a grandson of Māui, the legendary voyageur and discoverer of Aotearoa. Tīwakawaka's people had lived in Kakahoroa (later to be named Whakatane) for some generations before the arrival of the famed Toi, founder of numerous tribes (Te Tini O Toi - the multitude of Toi) which occupied much of the North Island's East Coast, Taranaki and the Far North.
Toi's people married into the original settlers and from his stronghold - Kapu-te-rangi (one of the oldest known pā sites in New Zealand) - above Whakatāne, his sons Rauru and Awanuiarangi in turn went forth to found tribes of their own.
Some 200 years later came the waka Mataatua bringing the kūmara.
Following the directions of his father, Irakewa, the Captain Tōroa, his brothers Puhi and Tāneatua, sister Muriwai, son Ruaihona, daughter Wairaka and other members of his family sailed to Kākahoroa, mooring in the river estuary near the town's current commercial centre. The men then climbed the hillside to Kapu-te-rangi, leaving Mataatua in the care of the small group consisting mainly of women. The outgoing tide was threatening to carry away the waka when Wairaka exclaimed: "E! Kia whakatāne au i ahau" (let me act the part of a man). In breach of tradition, the women paddled the canoe back to safety and from this incident, Whakatāne received its name.