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Roadside Stories: Ruapekapeka, site of Kawiti's pā

During the northern war of the mid-1840s, Ngāpuhi leader Te Ruki Kawiti built a complex  at Ruapekapeka which included fortified underground shelters. After a bombardment by British artillery, Kawiti and his men abandoned Ruapekapeka in January 1846. Its remains can still be seen today. Listen to a Roadside Story about Kawiti's pā.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - Northern war, 1845–1846', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017