Otatara Pa - Visit
|SITE TO VISIT|
|Hikurangi (applied to the lower pa, Otatara more properly to the upper one)|
|Where:||In a reserve southwest of Taradale. There is a signposted carpark off Springfield Rd|
|How to get there:||Napier Buses|
|How Long to allow:||2 hrs walking over the site. Reasonable fitness needed|
Prehistoric Maori fortification reputedly the largest in New Zealand. There are clear defences, much terracing and kumara storage pits. There is some on-site interpretation, and a representation of former palisading built on a quarry damaged part of the site. Some of the site is beyond the reserve and this area should not be visited without permission.
What else to do there:
Great views over the plain to Napier, Hastings and beyond to Hawkes Bay. Museum in Napier. Wineries in the district.
K. Jones and A.Walton. An interpretation of the settlement and defences of the Otatara-Hikurangi pa complex, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Archaeology, 27 (2006): 63-93.