Downard Road, Whitepine Bush

  • Pa.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 6440 Date Entered 8th February 1985


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes part of the land described as Omataroa Rangitaiki 2 (CT SA37D/850), South Auckland Land District and the archaeological site known as Pa (W15/250) thereon (refer to Archaeological Site Land Title Form for further information).

City/District Council

Whakatane District


Bay of Plenty Region

Legal description

Omataroa Rangitaiki 2 (CT SA37D/850), South Auckland Land District


Setting: On ridge above Waioho Stream, western flanks of Whakatane Valley.

Archaeological Features: A large ridge pa in two segments; the upper in two levels, about 50 x 10 metres, the lower about 60 x 10 metres. The upper segment has massive transverse ditch and bank (banks about 8 metres high) joined by lateral ditches. The lower segment is terraced in part, with midden; the sides are naturally very steep. Rua occue on both segments.

Supporting Evidence: Site is part of a discrete complex of pa in this area.

Condition: Excellent condition; site in felled and burnt hard wood forest 1981. Some slumping of lower north-eastern segment. Site excluded from pine planting, and will re-generate.

Assessment: An example of a large ring ditch pa with multiple defences. One of a group of pa in this part of the Whakatane Valley.


Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

Public NZAA Number


Completion Date

19th January 1983

Report Written By

K. Jones

Other Information

Information in this report is from the citation prepared for the NZHPT Archaeology Committee at the time of the registration.

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.