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Ōtuataua Stonefields walk - Mangere

A stone fence in front of grass and treesSignificance of the site

As one of only two major remnants of Auckland's 8000ha of volcanic stonefields, the 100ha Ōtuataua Stonefields is a site of significance to mana whenua, an important archaeological site and educational resource.

Māori farmers used warm volcanic stones in the soil to extend the growing season for tropical crops like taro and kumara by one month. Later, Europeans used the stones to build spectacular dry stone walls to fence their farms.

Ōtuataua Stonefields walk

Take the historical walk to see some of what's been left behind, or the botanical or geological walks to explore the area's unique natural heritage.

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