Ruapekapeka Pa is considered one of the most significant historic sites in New Zealand
Image: J McCallum


Explore New Zealand's history on this short, easy walk that's suitable for buggies.


Ruapekapeka Pā is where dissatisfaction over the Treaty turned to war.

The story is told at Ruapekapeka Pā of the last battle of the Northern Wars fought between British colonial forces and northern Māori in 1845-1846. 

Get more information about the pā's history

1.5 km loop

Walking and tramping

30 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs


Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
  • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
  • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
  • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
  • Always stay on the track.

How you can help save kauri


Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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