Ngā wāhi whai mana ki te ao Māori me ngā wāhi mātai whaipara tangata

Archaeological Sites and Sites of Significance to Māori

An archaeological site identifies physical evidence of pre-1900 human activity. It may be visible at or above the ground surface or lie buried beneath it. A site or area of significance to Māori (formerly known as a wāhi taonga or wāhi tapu) is a site, place, feature or thing that is of historical, cultural and/or spiritual significance to Māori. 

Māori have a long and important history in New Plymouth District. We have many sites that are located along the coast, rivers and estuaries. Examples include oven stones, shells, ditches, banks, pits, terraces, remains of cultivation areas, artefacts, burials and sites of past battles or historic events. It is possible for a site to be a wāhi taonga site and an archaeological site.

Read more about the mana whenua of our district.