Taniwha is a fantasy story set amongst the limestone caves and mountainous karst landscape of the northern South Island of New Zealand. 'Taniwha' is the Maori (New Zealand's native people's) name for 'dragon'. The story tells the adventures of 4 heroes bent on saving the countryside from the ravages of the Taniwha. Set above ground amongst the marble rocks and native forest, and below ground in the limestone tunnels, caverns and caves, the domain of the Taniwha.
The heroes are Toka, an ancient Maori man, Ben, newly arrived on the Mount, and his 2 neighbours, Sam and Sally.
Together they work to overcome the evil intentions of Taniwha, a mystical dragon who lives underground in the vast cave systems of the Mount. The time zone is the present day, on the event of a Summer Solstice and a full moon.