Mootakotako marae is located inland from Ruapuke and just north of Aotea Harbour. The primary hapuu for this marae is Ngaati Whakamarurangi.
The whare tupuna is Te Oohaakii a Mahuta. The marae connects ancestrally to the Tainui waka, the maunga Karioi, the moana Whaaingaroa and the whenua Aotea. The hapuu of this marae are kaitiaki over Waireinga, or the famous Bridal Veil Falls, which are located in their rohe.