Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Paekākāriki in the Video tab.
The pretty seaside town of Paekākāriki was a base for US troops during the Second World War. At one point more than 20,000 marines were stationed there – considerably more than the town’s population. Rugby fans appreciate Paekākāriki as the home town of All Black fullback Christian Cullen.
The camps – US forces in New Zealand
United States navy tragedy at Paekakariki
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/