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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Ruapekapeka. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

During the Northern War of the mid-1840s Ngāpuhi leader Te Ruki Kawiti built a complex defensive pā at Ruapekapeka, with underground shelters protected by fortifications. After a two-week bombardment by British troops, Kawiti and his men abandoned the pā in December 1845. Its remains can still be seen today.

The Northern War,
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/northern-war

Ruapekapeka pā,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/northland-places/9/3

The Waiōmio valley,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/northland-places/9

Te Ruki Kawiti,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1k4

Hōne Wiremu Heke Pōkai,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1h16

George Grey,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1g21

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

Map showing Ruapekapeka, Kawiti’s Pā - Roadside Story