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Lake Papaitonga - Roadside Stories

Lake Papaitonga - Roadside Stories


Buller Rd, Levin

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lake Papaitonga. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Lake Papaitonga's peaceful bush-clad setting belies its bloody past. After the local Muaūpoko tribe attacked a group including Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha, they became a target for reprisal raids by Ngāti Toa. Despite retreating to artificial islands they had built in Lakes Papaitonga and Horowhenua, large numbers of Muaūpoko were killed, and survivors fled to the nearby Tararua Range.



Ngāti Toarangatira,

Te Rauparaha,

Lake Papaitonga, around 1863,


Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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