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The doorstep to NZ's European history

On a fine mid-Winter's day we braved the elements (bit of a muddy track in places, due to recent... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
An amazing Landmark Whenua Tohunga

A slice of New Zealand history that helps tell the story of what it means to be a New Zealander... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Oihi Road, Kerikeri 0294, New Zealand
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All reviews beautiful countryside gravel road nz history new zealand well worth a visit marsden significance pakeha signposted maori hike trees bay
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

On a fine mid-Winter's day we braved the elements (bit of a muddy track in places, due to recent rains) for the hike from the car-park down to the Bay, where the first Christian Christmas Service was preached back in 1814. Although we know the...More

1  Thank Jqqls
Reviewed 22 July 2018

A slice of New Zealand history that helps tell the story of what it means to be a New Zealander, complete with an amazing walk overlooking picturesque bays, a beach, the famous Marsden Cross, innovative interpretation panels, and best of all heritage lemon trees that...More

1  Thank ClaudiainDunedin
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We took the walk to the Marsden Cross which is the site of the first Christian church service in NZ and a well documented part of early Pakeha life in this wonderful spot on NZ. We enjoyed the tranquility of the area but the way...More

Thank Tuwhare
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Missionaries were good people - who would have thought? The plaques along the walk down to Marsden Cross tell the amazing story of the first white settlement of NZ and how these brave people got on (generally) well with the original locals. Beautiful countryside, fabulous...More

1  Thank traveller101193
Reviewed 27 April 2017

The drive to get there is a gravel road, so be prepared for some bumps along the way. But the destination is worth it. This is a priceless piece of New Zealand history and well worth a visit. It has something for everyone. Room for...More

Thank Annette O
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The park is in a stunning location. The walk to Marsden's Cross is along a track in better condition than the gravel road leading to the park. The signs along the path tell of the original settlers, missionaries and impact on the local Maoris. The...More

1  Thank Colin582
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I first visited the Park on Christmas Day 2014 celebrating 200 years since Samuel Marsden held the first Christmas service there. My husband & I went back in January 2017. The drive to the Rangihoua Heritage Park was scenic. The only down side is the...More

Thank RiverstoneLodg
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We came across a brochure about Rangihoua in our Air B n B My-Kiwi partner had not heard of this place so we took a chance to visit Definitely worthwhile-indeed a most historic NZ site and only recently developed (2014) The metal road getting there...More

2  Thank JCDown
Reviewed 21 December 2016

We spent over three weeks touring New Zealand and this was one of the unexpected highlights. We love hiking, history and natural beauty so the free-to-access walk to Marsden Cross ticked all the boxes. The interpretation boards were excellent and really brought the history and...More

1  Thank mikeedeedee
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We all should come here; walk the ground; soak up the history; walk to the Cross and recall the events that took place here. An important piece of our wider history. Highly recommended.

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