During our trip to Taupo 3 years ago (I had forgotten I'd taken these photos), we spent the day in Napier as my grandmother on my mother's side grew up there. This was one place we decided to visit.
Otatara Pa site is a historical reserve and walk which sits on top of a hill outside of town. The carvings are known as Pou.
So there is an upper pa (Hikurangi) and a lower pa (Otatara). Visitors can see the remnants of terraces, living sites, and food storage pits.
The area covers over 40 hectares and is one of the largest and oldest pa sites in the Hawkes Bay area.
Maori preferred this place because of it's strategic point in Napier and of it's expansive views over the region.
The Chief Turauwha was very important at this time, around 400 years ago. Another Maori named Taraia lead Ngati Kahungunu (a tribe) to Heretaunga where they attached Otatara.
Through living there, intermarriage and power/influence they expanded to dominate the region.
In 1973 part of the pa was designated as a historic reserve to protect what is remaining. In 1987 management of the reserve was passed to the Department of Conservation which has carried on added parts to the pa to show how it once was.
Otatara Pa is now registered as a category 1 historic place. Information from the Hawkes Bay website.
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