The Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay is 14 metres tall and draws on Maori folklore and legend. The Maori Rock Carvings were designed an carved by Matahi Brightwell. The dominant carvings represents the face of Matahi’s ancestor Ngatoroirangi the legendary navigator and tohunga (high priest)  and embrace spiritual associations with ancestors and guardians of the local Maori tribe (iwi).

The Maori Rock Carvings are just around the cliff from Whakamoenga Point. They can be reached by:

  • Kayaking adventure
  • Yacht sailings – Sail Fearless or Barbary
  • Boat sailing – Ernest Kemp
  • Private Boat Charter


Sailing trips to the Maori Rock Carvings are from $29 – $69.