WAIKATO: TAUPO

09-Sep-14

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Opepe Bush Historic Reserve

star rating of 3.5

by Chris Gaelic

near 1150 State Highway 5, Iwitahi, Waikato

rvexplorer id: 18827

Walkway to the Opepe Historic Cemetary

Walkway to the Opepe Historic Cemetary

 

Sign at the cemetery describing the surprise attack on cavalry who were camped here

Sign at the cemetery describing the surprise attack on cavalry
who were camped here

 

 

The Opepe Bush Historic Reserve includes a 30 minute  bush walk, as well as a shorter walk to an historic cemetery dating back to the Maori wars.

 

We were driving along State Highway 5 from Lake Taupo to Napier when we noticed this parking area and decided to stop and have a look. We knew nothing about this 'historic reserve' so we opted for the shorted of the two walks, to see the cemetery.

 

It was just a short walk, and the cemetery was an interesting reminder of our early history, and the discord between local Maori and the English settlers.

 

Well worth a stop if you want to break your journey. There is also a larger parking area on the other side of the road. We discovered on a later visit that this was for a separate historic reserve with it's own historic walks.

 

We didn't do the longer walk, which takes around 30 minutes round trip.

 

 

 

 

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