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

Wāhi Taonga/Sites of significance to Māori and archaeological sites

A wāhi taonga identifies areas, places or sites that are significant 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.

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 history of our district.