Shields Flat Historic Reserve

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Look out over the historic stone walls that were built during the depression of the 1930s by relief workers.

Place overview


  • Information panels


  • Walking and tramping

About this place

History and culture

Shields flat stone walls were built by relief workers during the depression of the 1930s.

Stones washed down the Otaki river that scattered the area were used, these were of various sizes and appear to have smaller stones in the centre and larger stones as the outer shell. This construction method has been used in both the wall and pen-like structures that make up this complex.

The complex gives an insight into early settlement, farming, depression labour tasks and the location of communities within the gorge.

Getting there

2 km from Otaki Township following SH1 south, turn onto Otaki Gorge road. Follow Otaki Gorge road for 13 km to the Shields Flat Historic Reserve carpark.   

Know before you go

Do not climb on the walls or remove any of the stones from this area or the walls.

Sheep continue to use the paddocks, leave them alone if visiting the walls.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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