Heritage and history in New Zealand

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Tohu Whenua: Te Waimate Mission

Te Waimate Mission in Northland is the site of our nation’s first European farm and an understated heritage gem.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Ruapekapeka Pā

Ruapekapeka Pā near Kawakawa is famous for being the site where Māori chiefs and their outnumbered warriors made their final stand of the Northern Wars.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Rangihoua Heritage Park

Rangihoua Heritage Park in the Bay of Islands is one of our nation’s most significant heritage sites. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Māngungu Mission

If it’s a serene setting with a slice of Kiwi history that you’re after, make sure Māngungu Mission is on your Te Tai Tokerau Northland touring list.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Clendon House, Rāwene

The charming Hokianga Harbour town of Rāwene is Aotearoa's third oldest European settlement – and Clendon House is one of its original buildings (dating from 1860).  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Rākaumangamanga - Cape Brett

Rākaumangamanga - Cape Brett at the entrance of the Bay of Islands simply has everything. There’s a spectacular headland, stunning views onto Motukokako Island with its famous Hole in the Rock, seals and dolphins and a historic lighthouse with a keeper’s cottage where you can stay for a night or two. Read the story . . . 

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13 intriguing museums to visit around New Zealand this winter

Escape the cold and learn more about New Zealand’s history on a visit to one of these fascinating museums around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Brunner Mine

Brunner Mine Historic Area near Greymouth is one of the most significant heritage sites in Aotearoa, but for a very sad reason. It was the site of the country’s most deadly industrial disaster. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Hokitika

Hokitika has always attracted treasure seekers. It was New Zealand’s sixth largest town with the port ranking as the country’s busiest harbour.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Reefton

In 1888 Reefton became the first place in the southern hemisphere to have commercial electric lighting, beating posh suburbs in New York and London. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Waiuta

Waiuta is hands-down the West Coast’s best gold mining ghost town. The gravel road to get there may be long and winding, but once you emerge from the forest it’s like you’ve discovered a lost world.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Kawarau Suspension Bridge near Queenstown is best known as the birthplace of A.J. Hackett’s bungy tourism venture. However the 141-year-old bridge was actually famous long before thrill-seekers began throwing themselves off of it. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

If you’re a fan of Kiwi ingenuity, rural inventions and workshops crammed with heritage machinery, then Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead in Otago is the place for you.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin’s city centre has heritage buildings at almost every turn, and the grandest of them all is the Dunedin Railway Station.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Totara Estate

Totara Estate is probably the most important farm in the history of Aotearoa. It was from here that the first shipment of frozen mutton was sent to England in 1882, marking the start of an export industry that has underpinned our nation’s economic prosperity. Read the story . . . 

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