At Rangihoua Heritage Park you can explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s first planned European settlement, a place where Māori and Europeans learned to live side by side.
This Christian mission was established on Christmas Day in 1814 by Reverend Marsden and Chief Ruatara, who could both see the benefits of co-habitation for their people.
Many hundreds of people lived here, both Māori and European. The two cultures lived peacefully together, and the people of Rangihoua Pā were the protectors of the settlement in its early days.
The Marsden Cross memorial marks the place where New Zealand’s very first Christmas Day service was held, led by Reverend Marsden in 1814.
In 1832, the settlement moved to more fertile land at Te Puna, a few kilometres to the west.
At Rangihoua Heritage Park you can walk in the footsteps of important historical personalities and find out more about the history of this important place.
The nation we know today as Aotearoa New Zealand was born at Waitangi. This is our country’s single most important historical site – an essential destination for any visitor to New Zealand.
A meeting place of cultures
At Rakaumangamanga – Cape Brett you can enjoy a place of outstanding scenic beauty. This stunning coast is steeped in history and has long been a welcoming point of arrival, from early waka to the first seaplanes.
Pompallier Mission and Printery is New Zealand’s only surviving pioneer printery and tannery.