Location and venues
Arriving in New Zealand over a thousand years ago on the shores of the Hokianga, Kupe and his people had travelled thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean on his waka Matawhaorua in pursuit of an octopus that led him to this land.
After spending some time in New Zealand, Kupe returned to his homeland Hawaiki with the words "Ka hoki nei au, e kore au e hokianga-nui mai" (I now depart and I shall never return).
On his return to Hawaiki his waka Matawhaorua was re-adzed and named Ngatokimatawhaorua (nga toki means the adzes). Nukutawhiti captained the waka on its return voyage to Aotearoa (New Zealand) where they anchored and settled in Hokianga.
Today, many iwi trace their ancestry back to Kupe and some of the oldest traces of Māori settlement, or kainga, can be found in Northland.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
The Copthorne Hotel is the Summit venue located amongst 60 acres of subtropical gardens. Every room features its own patio or balcony assuring great views of the bay, harbour or garden. Outside, a lagoon style swimming pool and rock pools of cascading water, set the mood.
Accommodation at The Copthorne Hotel can be booked when you register for the Summit.
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