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

Kaiapohia was the great pā (fortified settlement) of the Ngāi Tahu tribe, and a base from which the tribe spread out and came to dominate most of the South Island. But in a disastrous conflict with North Island tribe Ngāti Toa, most of the residents of Kaiapohia were killed and the settlement was abandoned. Today Ngāi Tahu are flourishing once again.

Kaiapoi pā,

Kaiapoi district,

Ngāi Tahu,

Te Rauparaha,

Te Pehi Kupe,

The Ngai Tahu claim,

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 The Fortunes of Kaiapohia - Roadside Stories