Located on a steep rocky headland, Taumarumaru Reserve contains three pa sites, two on the headland (Ohumuhumu and Otanenui) and one on the central ridge (Taumarumaru).
Found within the reserve are undefended living terraces and storage pits which indicate this site was intensively occupied in pre-European times.
Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve is mostly an open area and tracks are identified by mowing and track markers. A short walk over the reserve is rewarded with great views and access to a small beach.
The reserve provides ideal opportunities for walking, fishing and historic appreciation. Dogs are allowed in the reserve provided they are on a lead at all times.
Combine this visit with a trip to nearby historic Rangikapiti Pa.
Taumarumaru Reserve is located in Doubtless Bay on the east coast of the Far North.
It is about 35 km northeast of Kaitaia. From Kataitai head north on SH1 to Awanui, then turn right onto SH10. The reserve is signposted on SH10 between Cable Bay and Coopers Beach.
Many places in New Zealand have special spiritual or historical significance. Some places are sacred to Maori, while others have important European values.
Recognise the spiritual or historical significance of these places and treat them with respect. Learning about places you visit will help you understand and respect the value they hold for others.
Taumarumaru Reserve encompasses three pa sites historically significant to the early Ngati Awa and later the Ngati Kahu people – two pa sites are located on the headland (Ohumuhumu and Otanenui) and one on the central ridge (Taumarumaru).
These interesting short and overnight walks are great options for getting outdoors with children.