Ōrākau, near Kihikihi, was the site of a Māori fighting pā (fortification) which was attacked by British troops in a decisive 1864 battle. Although the defenders, led by Rewi Maniapoto, lost the battle, they are remembered for their courage and their refusal to surrender.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Ōrākau. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
Taonga puoro courtesy of Richard Nunns
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