Ruapekapeka Pa Track

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Ruapekapeka Pa Track
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kiwiana7902014
Auckland, New Zealand71 contributions
Aug 2021
The tasteful signage and concise information is excellent. This, combined with the natural geography of the area, helps the visitor to recreate in their mind the significant event which occurred here and the people involved.
Written August 25, 2021
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Ross C
Richmond, New Zealand265 contributions
May 2021
Ruapekapeka is New Zealand's best maintained and presented battlefield site. New memorials, high quality tracks, excellent interpretation panels, sensitive treatment of both sides in the battle.
Plus the excellent Timperley Reserve alongside with its superb Puriri trees.

Go there as soon as you can.
Written May 13, 2021
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Julia D
Auckland Central, New Zealand23 contributions
Aug 2020
Something we were told about but weren't sure if we could make it happen. Another hidden spot with lots of history. Off the main road and up on the hill. Great way to break up the drive back to Auckland. Well worth taking a visit if into history, and interested in Pa sites.
Written August 8, 2020
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand616 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
My husband wanted to visit here as he has studied Maori history and this is certainly a significant historic site. It’s about 6kms drive each way off the main highway on an unsealed gravel road so be aware of that. For such a significant place I found the signage severely lacking. No boards showing the different walking routes (there were several) and duration of how long each route would take. The main Maori structure at the end had several plaques on it, all in Maori with no English. We are a bilingual country and more information and some English language would have helped non Maori speaking visitors appreciate and understand the site better.
Written June 20, 2020
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Courtney Guerin
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Nov 2019 • Couples
Wonderful small hike, this was great to get our hiking let's started for some bigger parks. Stunning views and great history.
Written November 25, 2019
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Alastair B
Hamilton, New Zealand118 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
The Ruapekapeka Pa is an important site in NZs history and is accessed by a short walking track. There are several information boards and I recommend watching the short film on the Radio NZ website. The walk was gentle and easy only taking 5mins
Written July 5, 2019
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Bridget
Palmerston North, New Zealand21 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The history of this Pā site is very interesting. Walking up to the pā was eerie but not in a bad way. You could feel the wairua. Seeing the trenches and imagining what occurred here was a surreal experience.
Written May 29, 2019
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UppsalaGal
Waitakere City, New Zealand11 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We visited this wahi tapu site recently on a trip up north. It's a beautiful trip on a gravel road, easy road to handle if you just drive slowly - with views for miles as the road climbs, and there were a lot of hunting hawks on the day we visited. It's easy to get to both sites of battle - the British camp and Ruapekapeka Pa, both well kept and the history of the area explained and displayed graphically and well. The sites are clean and well maintained, and it's very easy, as you walk around, to see how clever the design of Ruapekapeka Pa was. If you are interested in Aotearoa/NZ's history, this is absolutely worth a visit.
Written May 23, 2019
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suetawa
Wellington, New Zealand131 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
This is about 4km off the main highway, but worth a visit. There is a carpark and toilet before you start on the track to the Pā. No eating or drinking on the Pā site. It's a short walk up the hill to the Pā. Obvious evidence of trenches. I'd recommend downloading the Brochure "Ruapekapeka Pa A site guide" from the Department of Conservation website. Well worth including in a Northland holiday itinerary as it was the site of the final ballet in the "War of the North" and talked about in many of the other tourist sites in Northland.
Written May 4, 2019
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VeeNZed
Whangarei, New Zealand96 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Well presented and so interesting. If you have the time and interested in NZ history then this is worth a visit. Off the main state highway, the 6km journey along unsealed metal road with some sharp bends can be unnerving - but thankfully it is not busy road.

A lovely trail up to the main battleground. There is a pretty bush walk to see the giant Puriri tree. I have seen larger Puriri but it beautiful regenerating bush and its a very short walk so again worth a look.
Written March 28, 2019
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