Ruapekapeka is the site of the last battle in the north 1845-46. Here Te Ruki Kawiti built what he hoped would be the final answer to the overwhelming firepower of the British, a ‘bats nest’ of tunnels, rifles pits and trenches surrounded by a mighty palisade. Because of these cunning defences Ruapekapeka is a site of national and international importance.
Ruapekapeka Pa Historic Reserve encompasses the pa, and advanced and main British positions from which the battle was fought. The ditch and bank defences of the pa are still visible along with one of Kawiti’s cannon and the well which supplied water to the defenders. The earthen defences of the advanced British position are also still visible.
Source: Departement of Conservation / Te Papa Atawhai