Armed Constabulary Redoubt and...

Armed Constabulary Redoubt and Lake Kiriopukae

Lake Waikaremoana

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Marios Gavalas

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approx 2 km return | 45 minutes return

Lake Kiriopukae is a small water filled hollow, surrounded by verdant grass and a jumble of angular blocks. These lie strewn haphazardly, partly submerged in the lake edges.

During Colonel Whitmore’s pursuit of Te Kooti, troops were stationed at Onepoto.


The start of the track is signposted from the beginning of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.


Follow the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk along the wide metalled track (10 minutes) to a signposted junction at the grassed area, which was the former Armed Constabulary parade ground. Head left and descend along the narrower track to Lake Kiriopukae. The cemetery is behind the bushes on the right, just as you first view the lake.


The lake is a severely modified raupo reedland. There are several fluctuating water bodies in the vicinity and the wetland vegetation occupies an old lake bed.

European History

During Colonel Whitmore’s pursuit of Te Kooti, troops were stationed at Onepoto. Their progress was delayed because the boats being constructed to carry the troops over the lake eventuated late. During the hold-up, Lt Michael Noonan was shot in an ambush while crossing a rata log at the Mangaone Stream. His companion survived, took his horse and escaped to Wairoa. Noonan’s grave lies near Lake Kiriopukae.

Additional buildings were constructed when a permanent defence post was established in 1871. The barrack room, soldiers quarters, cook house store, canteen and other infrastructure were built a little below the parade ground. The Armed Constabulary was disbanded in 1887.


Feature Value Info


North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneLake Waikaremoana


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