Historic Sites in Tauranga

Historic Sites in Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga Historic Sites

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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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  • 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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  • 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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