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Roadside Stories: Paekākāriki

The pretty seaside town of Paekākāriki was a base for US troops during the Second World War. At one point more than 20,000 marines were stationed there – considerably more than the town’s population. Rugby fans appreciate Paekākāriki as the home town of All Black fullback Christian Cullen.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Paekākāriki. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - Kapiti coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35282/roadside-stories-paekakariki (accessed 19 November 2018)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016