Paekākāriki - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Paekākāriki

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
Kapiti coast

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 

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