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Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve - Guided Walk and Māori Games

Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve - Guided Walk and Māori Games

Join local hapū Ngāti Pārau – kaitiaki of the Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve, Sport Hawke’s Bay and the Department of Conservation for a guided walk and learn some traditional Māori games along the way.

The Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve is one of the largest and most ancient Māori Pā sites in Hawke’s Bay and encompasses one of the most outstanding defensive and settlement complexes in New Zealand.

Listen to Hinewai Hawaikirangi of Napier Māori Tours Ltd, as she takes us on the walk and talks about the traditional history of the two pā sites – Ōtātara Pā and Hikurangi Pā. Join in with Sport Hawke’s Bay and learn some fun Māori games along the way.

The guided walk, following Te Ara ā Makere – Maggie’s Way, starts at the Springfield Road carpark. Visitors will pass under the carved waharoa (gateway) to enter the Ōtātara Pā. As the track leads uphill, we will pass restoration work including palisades and pou, and archaeological features such as tūāpapa (terraces), whare (dwelling) sites and rua kūmara (kumara pits).

Along the way Sport Hawke's Bay will teach us some traditional Māori games. The walk will then continue uphill to the Hikurangi Pā where the expansive views can be had from the top of the reserve.

Visitors can then choose to return via the same track to the Springfield Road carpark or continue on downhill to exit via Churchill Drive. This event is suitable for all ages however please be aware that parts of the track are steep and sturdy walking shoes and reasonable fitness is required.

This event is part of Conservation Week 2017.

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Sunday 5 November, 2:00pm to 3:45pm


Restrictions: All Ages



Otatara Pa Historic Reserve, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
Springfield Rd, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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