Roadmap - Te Kauwhata
The New Zealand Road Map book has fallen open at the Waikato page today and three main geographical features stand out immediately; The Waikato River (our longest), Lake Waikare (third largest shollow water lake in the country) and Whangamarino, (the largest area of swamp land remaining in New Zealand.) In fact it's the largest swamp in the southern hemisphere. Slotted neatly between lake and swamp, on a norrow ridge, is a township the Locals call T.K. It's Maori name translates as empty storehouse, and tells the story of the time the local hapu found itself with insufficient provisions to feed visitors.