Gate Pa Memorial Reserve

Gate Pa Memorial Reserve, Tauranga: Address, Gate Pa Memorial Reserve Reviews: 4/5

Gate Pa Memorial Reserve
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Maria R
Napier, New Zealand6 contributions
Outdoors history experience
Jul 2019 • Solo
If you prefer the outdoors to an indoors museum, to learn about Aotearoa/New Zealand history, this is for you.

I visited a few years ago.
Written 13 June 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson16,020 contributions
British booties got kicked
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is a peek back in time, it was a place where (and when) the Maori's got a win for their home team, even if it was brief and fleeting. In 1864 (April), the British stormed the Maori fortification. I haven't done the math but, 1,689 Brits lined up against 230 Maori's and, guess what? The Maori's won. For awhile, anyway.

To their credit, the Maori were the defenders and they actually crafted a "Code of Conduct" (pretty impressive) that provided for giving water to the dying and wounded opposition. Britain's Lt. Colonel Henry Booth was one of those who had a last drink of water before departing into the great beyond.

June 1864 came and the tide turned. That is another chapter in the saga of making one people out of two.

The battle is memorialized here in the "pa" and the site really feels like sacred land. Nonetheless, we stormed the site, taking all manner of photos while trying our best to be respectful.
Written 21 March 2019
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jollyrobert
Bridgend, UK934 contributions
Fitting memorial?
Jan 2019
This reserve is on the site of the "pa", a fortified defensive position constructed around a village or settlement , usually on a hill or terrace, that became a battleground on which the British forces were outwitted and defeated by Ngai Te Rangi and his allied iwi, or tribes, during the New Zealand War of the 19th century. Beautifully preserved by a local Trust, it is easy to access, free to enter, from convenient parking on the adjacent busy and noisy Cameron road, named after Lieutenant -General Duncan Cameron, the commander of the British forces on the day of the battle. Entering the site, you pass through a "Tomokanga", a carved gatehouse, which may or may not refer to the name, Gate Pa, following a well-defined walkway with several informative boards explaining its history and significance.
Although there are 8 pou, or carved pillars commemorating the main protagonists, including Cameron and Ngai Te Rangi , I couldn't see any trace of any memorial or burial of the Maori who died in 29th April 1864, although there is a memorial church, St. Georges, which celebrates the Anglican officers and men who lost their lives in the confusion of battle. I later learned that the Maori dead, many fewer than the British, were interred somewhere across Cameron road, at a site subsequently built over. Another memorial is at the Old Military Cemetery at Te Papa where most of the British dead are buried, along with those from Te Ranga, a further and final battle, and also has a touching monument to Ngai Te Rangi. It makes mention of his instructions to his victorious warriors to treat their vanquished well, and at Gate Pa, a woman who refused to leave before the battle, Heni Te Kiri Karamu, is noted as risking her life to comfort the dying, both Allied forces, including Colonel Booth who led the assault, and Maori, and give them water.
Written 31 January 2019
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Tracey1902
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand87 contributions
Truly historic
Sep 2018 • Couples
A pleasant venue for a history lesson. Well kept grounds, interesting stands containing history of the site found along the easy walk pathway.

Only thing to be improved on is making sure stands are cleaned up from birds placing their calling cards on them. They should be cleaned on a regular basis.

Nice picnic spot
Written 27 September 2018
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Rochelle C
Tauranga, New Zealand703 contributions
Battle of Gate Pa
Jul 2018 • Couples
Very quick 10 minute walk round, keeping to the path leads us past some old trees to a monument with a flagpole. Some easy read information boards dotted around. Well kept park grounds. Some interesting wooden carvings on display.
Written 28 July 2018
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Jan G
Tauranga, New Zealand70 contributions
Nice little bit of historic Tauranga to include but not a 'destination'.
Jul 2018 • Family
Basically a pretty and historic reserve. The history is interesting and its a pleasant short stroll to get off the main road for 5 minutes.
Written 23 July 2018
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on2it2
Tauranga, New Zealand57 contributions
An Important part of Tauranga's History
Dec 2017 • Couples
We are locals who always take our overseas visitors to the Battle of Gate Pa site. There is a path travelling through the reserve which has a number of information stations along it. These panels tell the story of the events leading up to and including the battle and they are very well done with picture and diagrams of what the Maori fortifications very like. This is where you can get an appreciation for how resourceful the Moari tribe was in outsmarting the British Soldiers. The large Maori carvings make for great photo to remember your visit. I love the carvings that have been done on a couple of tree stumps in situ at the top of the rise. St Georges church is at the top of the hill and worth a quick look.
Written 9 February 2018
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Iryna
Tauranga, New Zealand326 contributions
A forgotten history
Nov 2017 • Couples
An almost forgotten part of town that is really shameful yet interesting part of NZ history. Don't forget to peep inside St Georges Church next door. Plenty of shops the other side at the Gate Pa Shopping Centre.
Written 5 November 2017
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