Te Ngutu O Te Manu

Ahipaipa Road
Okaiawa, Taranaki
Nearby to the present day settlements of Okaiawa and Matapu, this peaceful camping area belies a violent past buried in the depths of the Taranaki Land wars.
It's name, Te Ngutu o te Manu, literally means the "beak of the bird", possibly a geographical reference to it's location in relation to the volcanic cone of Mount Taranaki (Egmont).
The former pa at this site was a Hauhau stronghold fortified by the famous chief, Titokowaru, in 1868. The Armed Constabulary attacked the pa. Colorful adventurer, Major Gustavus Von Tempsky and other casualties of the battle, are commemorated by a memorial here.
Nowadays the historic glade is open for free camping, as well as picnicing, and bush walking.
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  • Te Ngutu O Te Manu
    Te Ngutu O Te Manu
  • Te Ngutu O Te Manu - Location
    Te Ngutu O Te Manu - Location
  • Te Ngutu O Te Manu
    Te Ngutu O Te Manu
  • The memorial to the Armed Constabulary dead.
    The memorial to the Armed Constabulary dead.
  • About the battles
    About the battles
  • Major Von Tempsky, circa 1860, maker unknown. Purchased 1916. Te Papa (O.01357502)
    Major Von Tempsky, circa 1860, maker unknown. Purchased 1916. Te Papa (O.01357502)
  • 'Death of Von Tempsky painting', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/death-of-von-tempsky, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage),
    'Death of Von Tempsky painting', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/death-of-von-tempsky, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage),
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