The Virtual
Interpretation Project (VIP)

Much of the physical development at Ruapekapeka Historic Reserve has been completed – the car park, the walking tracks, the interpretation signs. Current and future projects are less about “developing” the site and more about learning and encouraging people to connect with the Ruapekapeka stories. That is why we created this website!

The idea of creating a virtual model of Ruapekapeka and Battlefield was a starting point for the website project. The project evolved over time, to become a platform for telling stories about Ruapekapeka and the Northern War.

It took a long time to produce and assemble the content for this website, and many people were involved (see Credits). Of course, this project will never really be “finished”. There are so many stories to tell; many subjects and many people that we haven’t even mentioned. We hope that this website will continue evolve as hapu, iwi and the wider community contribute stories of their own.