Taupiri is a small town on the east side of the Waikato River between Huntly and Ngāruawāhia. It sits below Taupiri Maunga, also known as Taupiri-Kuao – the embracing mountain. This mountain is sacred to Tainui and is the burial location for the Kīngitanga Royal Family, plus many other prominent Māori. It has been a tapu burial ground for Tainui since the death of Chief Te Putu, who built Taupiri Pā on the summit of a spur of Mt Taupiri in the 1600s. Today, the cemetery on the side of the Maunga is probably one of the most scenic in the country.

Opposite the cemetery, there is a good parking area beside the Waikato River, or you can drive into town and park by the local cafe to enjoy a coffee by the river.

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