A visit to the Rangipo Pa site is well worth it and recommended. There is a road to the Pa site which can accommodate buses and cars meaning only a 2-minute walk is required.
The views from the Pa site are stunning and include most of a spiritual waka with Mt Te Aroha and Mt Moehau being the prow and stern. The Firth of Thames creates magic with ever changing colours and tides and in addition there are 360 degree views back to the Hunua Ranges.
The mighty Rangipo Pa site has had archaeological digs carried out and these determined the main pa was primarily built for prestige with smaller pa sites within the overall outline being heavily defended (pre-European). This document is available at the Museum during your visit.
Rangipo Maori History
Some history of the people of Rangipo:
Rangipo Pa History
And an excerpt from another source:
Further Rangipo Maori History
Rob McCartie will be able to provide you with further stories of interest during your visit: