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Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere: The Tears of the Snow Maiden in Franz Josef Glacier

Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere: The Tears of the Snow Maiden in Franz Josef Glacier

by | May 23, 2023

One of our favourite stories is the story of a Maori princess Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere and her lover Wawe…

Venturing into the captivating realm of Franz Josef Glacier unveils not only the majestic beauty of nature but also the rich tapestry of Maori legends and stories. Among these tales lies the poignant narrative of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere, a mythical tale that weaves together love, loss, and the birth of a magnificent glacier. Join us at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours as we share the enchanting legend of Tears of the Snow Maiden.

Franz Josef Glacier


The Adventurous Hine Hukatere:

In ages past, a Maori princess named Hine Hukatere possessed an unwavering passion for climbing and mountaineering. With a spirit as lofty as the mountains themselves, she would embark on daring expeditions, seeking the thrill and grandeur of the peaks.

Love and Loss:

During a respite at the beach, Hine encountered Wawe, a charismatic and charming member of the beach tribe. Love blossomed between the two, and Hine was captivated by Wawe’s presence. However, Wawe’s fondness for the seaside hindered Hine’s mountain pursuits, and she longed for the peaks she once called home.

A Fateful Ascent:

Driven by her desire to share her mountainous world with Wawe, Hine convinced him to accompany her on a climbing expedition. Reluctantly, Wawe agreed, but as Hine surged forward with excitement, she unknowingly left Wawe behind. Tragically, Wawe was swept away by a devastating avalanche, leaving Hine shattered by grief and guilt.

The Frozen Tears Create Franz Josef Glacier

In her inconsolable sorrow, Hine embarked on an arduous journey deep into the heart of the Southern Alps. Overwhelmed by sorrow, she sat down and wept, her tears flowing ceaselessly for years on end. The gods, witnessing Hine’s anguish and sympathizing with her loss, froze her tears, transforming them into a colossal river of ice—the Franz Josef Glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Behind Lake Mapourika

The legend of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere unveils a tale of love, loss, and the enduring power of nature’s creation. The Franz Josef Glacier stands today as a testament to Hine’s eternal grief and the gods’ compassion. Join us at Franz Josef Wilderness Tours to immerse yourself in this captivating legend, as we explore the wonders of Franz Josef Glacier and uncover the intertwining threads of Maori mythology. Experience the magic and enchantment of Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere, and embark on a kayaking trip that will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper connection to New Zealand’s rich cultural heritage.

Book your adventure today and our passionate nature guides tell legents of Hine Hukatere and other wonders of Franz Josef Glacier’s largest kettle Lake.