The ancestral, traditional, customary and contemporary interests of Ngāti Rangitihi cover a large area of water and land. In the north-west the interests relate to the birth place of Rangitihi, where he lived and raised a family. This area is also important as the arrival place and residence of the sacred Te Arawa waka (canoe).
Rangitihi and his family grew and as such spread their interests to the inland lakes including Lake Tarawera where with Tuhourangi and other Te Arawa iwi resided for hundreds of years building complex relationships and resource use systems.
From Lake Tarawera and surrounds the expansion of Ngāti Rangitihi whānau and hapu was inevitable and a natural growth that saw Ngāti Rangitihi occupying and sustaining themselves on the Tarawera River with its access to the coastal areas, inland use of the wide open spaces of the Kaingaroa plains and settlements and resource areas across streams, wetlands, and bush areas from the Paeroa range in the south-west, south to specific places on the Waikato River and east to the Rangitaiki river, and beyond.
The map shows both our rohe and Ngati Rangitihi sphere of influence beyond the rohe where the iwi has historical ties.