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Kaiteriteri Scenic Reserve 

Kaiteriteri lies at the centre of what was for several generations a large and intensive Ngāti Apa occupation and cultivation complex. This complex occupied a 10-kilometre stretch of coastline, including the current Kaiteriteri scenic reserve. It included up to eight pā, as well as associated kāinga, urupā, cultivations, mahinga kai areas and fishing stations.

Some of the more notable Ngāti Apa pā at Kaiteriteri were Kākā Island/Point, Puketāwai (located on Anawera Point just south of Kaiteriteri Beach on the headland separating Tapu Bay and Stephens Bay) and Mangatāwai. At Mangatāwai, Ngāti Apa tīpuna Te Rangihīroa and Koroneho Titi were captured after a battle with northern iwi. Komakorau, the son of Te Rato was killed by a northern taua at Puketāwai. Te Rato was one of the Ngāti Apa rangatira who met Captain Cook in Tōtaranui (Queen Charlotte Sound).

The cliffs at Ana-waka-ū contained burial caves, and a stream called Wai atau, running beside the cliffs, was a tauranga waka for Ngāti Apa. A Ngāti Apa urupā is located on the small islet at the northern end of the main Kaiteriteri beach.