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Surf Highway 45: Tarankai things to do

Manaia

Manaia bread sculpture @Little Peppe Manaia bread sculpture @Little Peppe

Manaia is another surf town and Manaia is home to one of New Zealand’s largest bread factories with the town motto, ‘Bread Capital.’ Mana is where you hear the beat at the Country Music Museum, take a selfie with an enormous bread sculpture and read the story of George, a heroic Jack Russell dog.

WHAT TO DO

  • In the town’s centre, an 1890 marble obelisk to European settlers who were casualties of the 1868–69 Taranaki wars. Another town obelisk and a band rotunda are First World War memorials. The Manaia redoubt is the site of two 1880s blockhouses, and a 1912 replica of the original lookout tower is now part of the golf course
  • Nearby Pīhama, approximately 19km from Manaia was the site of the ‘provision house’ (elevated storehouse) at nearby Ōtūmātua pā painted by Charles Heaphy in 1840, while he and a party of surveyors were on their way to lay out the site of New Plymouth. Pīhama is named after Hone Pīhama, a local chief who provided protection for Pākehā surveyors. The painting is considered a classic nineteenth century art interpretation depicting a Maori settlement.
  • Manaia’s history is still visible in the Manaia Redoubt. Built around 1880 on the site of a former pā (Te Takahe) during peacetime, this redoubt and wooden watchtower was created for the passive resistance of the Parihaka chief, Te Whiti o Rongomai, and his followers

Manaia is 29 km to the southeast. State Highway 45 passes through the town.

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