Ōrākau, famed battle site - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Ōrākau

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Ōrākau in the Video tab.

Ōrākau, near Kihikihi, was the site of a Māori fighting pā (fortification) and a decisive 1864 battle between Māori and British troops. Although the Māori defenders, led by chief Rewi Maniapoto, lost the battle, they are remembered for their courage and their refusal to surrender.

Related web links:
The battle of Orakau – war in Waikato
Response to war – Maori king movement 1860–94
Taranaki and Waikato wars
Rewi Manga Maniapoto
Waikato tribes: war and its aftermath
Ngāti Maniapoto: the Māori King movement
Invasion of Waikato
Plan of the pā at Ōrākau



Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/ 

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