Topic: School Visits (2014): Battles of Gate Pā/Te Ranga

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During Terms 1 and 2 of 2014 Tauranga school groups will have the opportunity to take part in Battles of Gate Pā (29 April 1864) and Te Ranga (21 June 1864) themed school visits.

Booking are essential as places are limited.

Term 1 (2014): Camp Te Papa visit (Tauranga central)

  1. Tauranga City Library. During the months of February, March and April of 2014 the library will be offering class visits with a focus on the Battle of Gate Pā (29 April 1864). This outing would be appropriate for children aged 6 to 12. The visit will include a short play. Eight students from the class will have the opportunity to play principal characters with audience participation under the direction of a librarian. A new children's book will be read to the class, Taratoa and the Code of Conduct: A story from the Battle of Gate Pa, and a library tour will include cannonballs from the Gate Pā redoubt. For kindergartens and preschoolers we can theme a visit during Toddler Time.
  2. Tauranga Art Gallery. Tauranga Art  Gallery in conjunction with the Tauranga Heritage Collection will have an exhibition of the drawings of Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) from the end of March and through April 2014. In April 1865 Robley took his troops to Tauranga to join General Cameron in the attack on Gate Pā. He remained at Tauranga for 19 months until the beginning of 1866. An accomplished sketcher and watercolourist he completed a series of detailed sketches of the Māori defences at Gate Pā, Māori wounded, surrenders and other scenes of the time.
  3. The Elms Mission House. The Elms is the centre of a historic area which includes the Mission Cemetery and the Monmouth Redoubt. Schools are very welcome to have a picnic lunch in the grounds. A model of the Gate Pā Battlefield by Ray Crafts will be on display from 16 February to 2 March 2014 (a second model is available at Tauranga Airport for schools based in this area).
  4. Westpac Bank (Devonport Road). See an original Armstrong Field Gun used during the battle.

For bookings please contact:

  • Tauranga City Library - 577 7220 /
  • Tauranga Art Gallery- 578 7933 / 
  • Elms Mission House - 5779772 /
  • Westpac Bank - 5773633


Term 2 (2014): Battle Sites visit (Gate Pā/Greerton/Pyes Pā)

  1. Gate Pā battle site (next to Mitre 10 Mega).
  2. Gate Pa Church. The church sits on the historic battle site of Pukehinahina/Gate Pā.
  3. Greerton Hall exhibition.
  4. Te Ranga battle site (Pyes Pā Road - just after Joyce Road to the left)

For bookings please contact:


For more information about the Battles of Gate Pā and Te Ranga please see our Tauranga Memories kete pages:

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