Point of Interest – Saddle Lookout

SaddleViewTukiTukiThe Saddle Lookout offers beautiful views east over the Tukituki River and out to the ocean. The Tukituki has its beginnings in the Ruahine Ranges and flows 117km to the Pacific Ocean at the southern end of Hawke’s Bay. It passes through Waipukurau in Central Hawke’s Bay before flowing towards Hastings and Havelock North where it is divided by the craggy range of hills that includes Te Mata Peak. According to Maori legend two taniwha lived in a lake at the upper basin of the river. They fought for possession of a young boy who had accidentally fallen into the lake. The struggles of the two taniwha split the river into the Waipawa and Tukituki Rivers and drained the lake. Tukituki means “to demolish” and it is thought that this refers to the destruction of the lake.