Māori named the mountain Maukatere (floating mountain) because the spirits of the dead were believed to leave from the summit on the long journey to Cape Reinga.
Mt Grey was named after Sir George Grey, Governor and Premier of New Zealand from 1845 to 1879.
There are multiple tracks in and around Maukatere with stunning views from the top out over Kā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha, the Canterbury Plains. Tracks provide visitors with a range of walks through remnant native tawai/beech and podcarp forest.
There are a variety of birdlife to be seen and heard in this forest area. Native species include: pīwakawaka (fantail), korimako (bellbird), silvereye, miromiro (tomtit), riroriro (greywarbler), brown creeper, kererū (wood pigeon) and titipounamu (rifleman). Introduced species include: chaffinch, red poll, blackbird and song thrush.
Maukatere is known for its native clematis and its eye catching treetop display of white flowers in springtime.
This information has been sourced from the Ngāi Tūāhuriri: Tuahiwi and Takiwā booklet produced by the Ngāi Tūāhuriri Education Committee, 2014 and the Christchurch City Libraries website.
Photo Credit: Visit Waimakariri