Sights & landmarks in Tauranga

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  • Caroline M
    Greater Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
    What a fun beautiful display. The characters are very well done and the children will love it. Amazing
    Written 7 June 2021
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  • mlgjs
    16 contributions
    Great that they are saving New Zealand's heritage instead of bowling it. A very informative, guided tour. Beautiful buildings and garden.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Felix2000nz
    Auckland, New Zealand78 contributions
    A little bit out of town but worth a drive for the amazing view. The day we visited was a bit grey but on a clear day it would be amazing
    Written 17 June 2021
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  • Irish_Kiwi77
    Wellington, New Zealand1,223 contributions
    This is a sort walk from the cbd and is just behind the police station. There is a plaque explaining the history of the redoubt, which doesn’t take too long to read. You can’t go on the slopes in there, so aside from the plaque there isn’t much else to do in the redoubt. There are a few other interesting things around. If you are walking in the direction of he redoubt it is worth a quick visit but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit it
    Written 21 September 2019
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  • jollyrobert
    Bridgend, UK962 contributions
    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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  • Tidy-Tony
    Hamilton, New Zealand15 contributions
    We recently had the extreme pleasure of celebrating the wedding of our niece, in the most delightful bush setting, followed by a sumptuous meal in a spacious marquee. As the weather was perfect (after several days of torrential rain), everyone indulged in the current craze of selfies, as well as taking a plethora of shots of bride and groom, etc.

    The owners and their staff could not have been more obliging, and the food was top quality. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and evening in such a tranquil and welcoming setting, that we encourage others to go there, even if they don't intend to get hitched! The Gardens are well planned and constructed, with safe walkways for everyone, and illuminations as the sun sets - as the name suggests, fountains play as you meander along the woodland trails.

    This has to be one of those seriously "HIDDEN GEMS" that EVERYONE should go to!
    Written 3 May 2017
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  • Aromatomic
    Tauranga, New Zealand37 contributions
    Should you be visiting Tauranga on the 25th of April of any year, then attending the dawn service at the Mt Cenotaph will be something you never forget. Before dawn, returned servicemen and women gather. To the sound of the bagpipes they march to the cenotaph where a brief service takes place. Often a local high school student with speak or sing. As the service concludes you can hear the breaking of the waves and see the dawn breaking over the water, this is when a plane will fly low overhead and raise the hackles on your neck.
    NOT TO BE MISSED.
    Written 8 March 2020
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  • Whitehavengirl43
    Sydney, Australia1,147 contributions
    We visited on an open day with a fair and a duo playing music. The house is furnished with all household items and clothes as the family left it. It is run by volunteers who are rather aged and slightly muddled but that is part of the fun. The family history is clearly explained but some items were a mystery. A valuable showplace of "how life was". At $5 entrance fee it is worth a visit - usually only opened sundays 2-4 pm
    Written 4 March 2018
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  • 155richard81
    Tauranga, New Zealand578 contributions
    The village has some interesting buildings and church but not enough places to eat or drink coffee or buy an ice-cream.
    Written 17 March 2021
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