During the northern war of the mid-1840s Ngāpuhi leader Te Ruki Kawiti built a complex pā 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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Taonga puoro courtesy of Richard Nunns.