Huge response to heritage bus tours

​​16 October 2017 

UPDATE: All tours are now fully booked!

Two free bus tours highlighting Waipa's role in the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s have been booked out, the first within 48-hours.

The huge response has prompted Waipa District Council to offer three more tours in early November. The tours will be narrated by council staff to showcase historical events in Waipa.

Council's heritage manager Tony Roxburgh said the district was packed with history, from early human settlement through to the New Zealand Wars.

"Waipa has a very rich heritage and we have important stories to be told.  As a council, we have legal obligations to conserve and manage our heritage and offering some one-off bus tours is one way to do that."

The tour will cover the stories of significant inter-tribal and land wars battles that took place in Waipa district including those at Waiari, Hingakaka, Mātakitaki, Taumatawiwi and Ōrākau.​

Three additional tours, on Thursday 2 November (at 2pm) and on Friday 3 November ​(at 10am and 2pm) are now being offered.  The two and a half hour tours (including comfort stops) will begin at the Te Awamutu Museum and travel to a number of sites including Pirongia, Paterangi Pa, Rangiaowhia, the Rewi Maniapoto memorial and Redoubt in Kihikihi. 

Numbers on each tour were limited and places would be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis.  Anyone interested in joining a tour should email or call the Council on 0800 WAIPADC (0800 924 723) to register. 

Free heritage bus tours

As of 10am Tuesday 17 November, all the free bus tours are now fully booked.

If you've missed out and would like to be added to the waiting list in case there is availibility due to last minute cancellations, email or phone 0800 WAIPADC (0800 924 723). 

  • Thursday 2 November 10am Fully booked!
  • Thursday 2 November 2pm Fully booked!
  • Friday 3 November 10am Fully booked!
  • Friday 3 November 2pm Fully booked!
  • Saturday 4 November 10am Fully booked!

Media enquiries: contact Natalie Palmer 027 807 3174

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