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Ruapekapeka, Kawiti’s Pā - Roadside Story

Ruapekapeka, Kawiti’s Pā - Roadside Story


Ruapekapeka Rd, Ruapekapeka

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

During the Northern War of the mid-1840s Ngāpuhi leader Te Ruki Kawiti built a complex defensive pā at Ruapekapeka, with underground shelters protected by fortifications. After a two-week bombardment by British troops, Kawiti and his men abandoned the pā in December 1845. Its remains can still be seen today.

The Northern War,

Ruapekapeka pā,

The Waiōmio valley,

Te Ruki Kawiti,

Hōne Wiremu Heke Pōkai,

George Grey,

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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