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

The remarkable earthworks at Rangiriri pā (Māori fortified settlement) formed a defensive line more than a kilometre long. In 1863 Rangiriri was stormed by Imperial forces during the Waikato war. Although the British eventually took the pā, they were repelled eight times, and British casualties were high. The remains of the earthworks are still visible today.

Rangiriri -- war in Waikato,

Attack on Rangiriri,

Māori entrenchments at Rangiriri,

Waikato tribes,

Origins of the Māori King movement,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Rangiriri Pā - Roadside Stories