Pa at Redcliffe

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Pa at Redcliffe. The photograph shows young people seated on the ground outside the Pā. Palisades and whare are visible in the background. Query as to whether it might be Pā Whakairo Waiohiki as the Palisades look similar, unlike Redcliffe.

Otatara Pa Historic Reserve is situated on the Redcliffe hills on the left bank of the Tutaekuri river with access off Springfield Road and is adjacent to the Eastern Institute of Technology at Taradale, Napier, in Hawke's Bay.

Compared with other sites in New Zealand the site is remarkable for its size. The Otatara Pa complex covers about 40 hectares, not all of which are included in the Reserve, and consists of numerous pits and terraces with two pa, a lower one Otatara, and an upper one, Hikurangi .

Otatara and Hikurangi Pa are of considerable significance to the Ngati Kahungunu people. From here they spread out, under the mana of Taraia, to become the dominant iwi in Hawke's Bay and the Wairarapa. Everyone has whakapapa links with Otatara.

Otatara is of national significance - it is linked to people and places throughout New Zealand - from the Hokianga to Invercargill. It is a historic reserve, a registered wahi tapu and an archaeological site. The Reserve is mainly in pasture with scrub growing in the gullies although Otatara Pa proper, which has been almost totally quarried away, is covered with rank grass, noxious weeds and some scrub. The major threats are poor pasture management leading to erosion; animals particularly rabbits and cattle, and the impact of visitors.



  • Assessment of Heritage Significance: Otatara Pa Historic Reserve
  • MTG Hawke's Bay Collection


  • MTG Hawke's Bay Collection


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