is a town located 28 kilometres southeast of Tauranga
in the Western Bay of Plenty
region of New Zealand
. It is particularly famous for the cultivation of kiwifruit
. It has a population of 6770.
Te Puke is in close proximity to Tauranga
, Mount Maunganui
, and Maketu
, which are all coastal towns/cities, as well as the small townships of Waitangi, Manoeka, Pongakawa and Paengaroa. It is 60 kilometres from Rotorua
and 75 kilometres from Whakatane.
The town's name means The hill
, and should be pronounced "teh-pook-eh". This name is reflective of its location, as it is on a hill near the Papamoa Hills.
The warm, moist climate and fertile soils of the region make it a very favourable horticultural
district, with conspicuous production of many citrus fruits
such as lemons
. The town markets itself as the "Kiwifruit
capital of the world". Livestock are also farmed, notably dairy cattle
. Rural Te Puke contains many fruit orchards and avocado
orchards, the supporting of which forms the backbone of the region's economy.
Around 1350, the Te Arawa canoe is said to have landed at Maketu
after sailing from Hawaiki
. The canoe was under the command of chief Tama-te-kapua
, and he was responsible for many of the original place names of the area. Māori ventured up the rivers and streams and built many pā
in the area.
Lieutenant, later Captain James Cook
, the first known European to visit the... Read More