The name Maniototo derived from Māori, is said to mean `plains of blood’ and refer to the `flowing’ red tussocks that once covered the land.
For early Māori, the major valley systems that led into the interior known now as Central Otago were natural pathways enabling exploration and discovery. Many trails followed natural valley systems, including the Taieri River, to the plains and valleys of Central Otago.
Māori established semi-permanent seasonal campsites (kaika nohoaka) and hunted and fished for food (mahika kai) that they often transported back to coastal settlements. They regarded the hinterland as a place to regenerate.
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