Story: Northland places

Roadside Stories: Ruapekapeka, site of Kawiti's pā (2nd of 2)

During the northern war of the mid-1840s Ngāpuhi leader Te Ruki Kawiti built a complex at Ruapekapeka which included fortified underground shelters. After a bombardment by British artillery, Kawiti and his men abandoned the pā in January 1846. Its remains can still be seen today. Listen to a Roadside Story about Kawiti's pā.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland places - The Waiōmio valley', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/45056/roadside-stories-ruapekapeka-site-of-kawitis-pa (accessed 20 October 2017)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 4 May 2015