This is a short archaeological walk and talk through a remnant historic landscape that reflects the Maori and European settlement of Whangarei. By chance the formation of Hatea Drive and the building of the Victoria bridge has left behind an area of mature bush on the banks of the Hoteo (Hatea) River containing an important archaeological landscape. In this small area there is a common theme where volcanic rock has been utilised by people in different ways at different times. First where Maori used the rock to create stone field gardens for kumara cultivation where the small Hatea Stream runs to join the Hoteo River, then in 1841 the rock was used to build Mair’s Landing – possibly the first European structure built in Whangarei. Finally rock was reused in the 19th and 20th century to create 12 boat shed foundations that form part of the towns more recent maritime and industrial history.
No booking required just turn up on the day at noon and 1pm.
People attending should wear sturdy shoes/boots and be able to walk through 200m of bush.
Event is free
Walks will start on the hour at noon and 1pm and last for 40 minutes
Meet on Hatea Drive, Whangarei. Park on river side of Hatea Drive opposite the Discovery Settlers Hotel 61 Hatea Drive. Meet at the flag to be set up by the 1860 coal shute barge landing.