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.
This loop track starts at the car park. The track takes you through the advanced British position down through the bush and up to Ruapekapeka Pā site.
From Whangārei, follow SH1 north for 35 km. Just past the Towai service station, turn right into Ruapekapeka Road and follow this for 4 km.
You will see signs for Ruapekapeka and the carpark 300 m beyond the intersection where Ruapekapeka Road meets Kawakawa Road. The road is unsealed and narrow in places so take care.
The car park is signposted, and it can easily accommodate campervans.