Madonna Falls. SH.4. King Country. New Zealand.
S 38° 29.960 E 175° 11.345
60H E 342084 N 5737227
Quick Description: This small roadside waterfall is considered to have special healing powers and a road side shrine has been established to 'Our Lady of the Waterfall', Te Whaeao te Rere.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 2/8/2010 1:36:10 AM
Waymark Code: WM86PQ
New Zealand has very few roadside shrines, but these sacred falls are an exception. Their water was pronounced to have special healing powers and the falls were declared sacred and named by local Maori as Te Whaeao te Rere. A vision of the Madonna was claimed some years ago, and later others reported to have seen visions of a angel above the falls. The site was blessed by a local "Prophet" in 1975.
For many years this spot beside the busy country SH.4. main road has been a stopping place for those who believe that this water falling from a hillside spring has special healing powers. A shrine has been set up, decorated with flowers, hanging charms and other colourful mementos, placed by the local Maori people who frequently stop to sprinkle water on themselves. A metal pipe contraption has been placed under the falls to enable people to collect the water in containers.
Co-ords are: S38 29.960 E175 11.345 on State Highway 4.
Nearby car parking: N 38° 29.959 W 175° 11.343
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A photograph of the well would be appreciated to record your visit, but this is not absolutely mandatory, as long as you can describe your visit.
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