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Bus trip around historic Otaki

Kete Horowhenua2020-03-23T16:57:21+00:00
On the 18 July 2009 I took part in a bus trip around sites of historical significance in the Otaki area.

At one stage Otaki was part of the Horowhenua region and much of the history there overlaps ours here in the Horowhenua. We began our tour by meeting at the Red House Café at Te Horo, a historic store converted to a café then continued on to view different sites on the way to Otaki. At Otaki beach we drove out to the rivermouth and viewed places like Kapiti Island, stronghold of Te Rauparaha and drove past the site where the ship City of Auckland sank in 1878. The beautifully restored Rangiatea Church was our next stop where we visited the burial site of Te Rauparaha and a number of other historical people. The best moment came when we were given access to the inside of the church, to look at the work done in restoring it to its former glory. The next stop on the itinerary was the Catholic Church set up by French fathers in 1844. We continued on our trip and were fortunate to meet artists Hariata Ropata Tangahoe and Len Taylor at their exhibition in the Otaki Museum. Otaki Museum is situated in a former bank which has been beautifully restored.

Dark Otaki soil Otaki River Mouth
The beautiful dark fertile soils of the Otaki area attracted early Maori and Pakeha settlers Looking South towards Wellington, the Otaki River winds its way to the sea. Just North of this spot is the memorial to the City of Auckland which sank in 1878
Te Rauparaha's stronghold Kapiti Island
Te Rauparaha lived here on Kapiti Island with his tribe for a number of years and successfully defended the island against attack
Kapiti Island is now a peaceful reserve, home to many protected native species

Te Wananga O Raukawa
One of the Historic buildings

Anglican Church
Anglican Church

Commemeration Stone Anglican Church
Te Rauparaha Memorial

Rangiatea Church
Rangiatea Church
Protected Cabbage Tree
Te Rauparaha's gravestone
Ruta and Tamihana Te Rauparaha
View of Otaki and church

Byron and Susie Brown
Pukekaraka Church
Pukekaraka Church Front
Time capsule
Inside Pukekaraka Church Inside Pukekaraka church
Inside Pukekaraka Church inside detail Pukekaraka
Stairs to choir loft Pukekaraka church accommodation

church side view Pukekaraka House
Pukekaraka House Pukekaraka
Looking East towards Otaki Museum