Turuturu Mokai

Turuturu Road
Turuturu, Taranaki
Three pa are grouped together at this once well-preserved historical site. A redoubt was subsequently built near the old pa site. It was occupied during the land wars of the 1860s and subject to an attack by Titokowaru's warriors on 12 July 1868. The gates are open during daylight hours and there is a walkway which takes in the pa and redoubt sites. Allow 20 minutes for the walk.

Now unkempt because of an ownership dispute between Maori resulting from a Waitangi Treaty settlement, the pa, with its impressive earthworks, was a popular picnic place in the mid-20th century, and had a swimming pool and kiosk. At the eastern end of the reserve, within the earthworks of Turuturumokai redoubt, is a memorial to the 10 men of the garrison, killed during an attack by Titokowaru’s forces under the command of Haowhenua in 1868. See the link to NZ History on Line.

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Heritage, Walk
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    Turuturu Mokai Location
  • The memorial on the redoubt site to the east of the pa.
    The memorial on the redoubt site to the east of the pa.
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