The wars of Waitara - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the township of Waitara and its martial history.

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

The small Taranaki town of Waitara has been the site of many battles, including major conflict between Waikato war parties and the local Te Āti Awa people. In 1860 a dispute over land ownership at Waitara led to the first Taranaki war between Māori and the government.

War in Taranaki 1860--63
Taranaki places: Waitara and the northern coast
Taranaki region: Māori--Pākehā conflict
Te Āti Awa of Taranaki: war and a kind of peace

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-d-0075-01-s1-pm).

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