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Ruapuke from Karioi summit, with Aotea Harbour and Albatross Point beyond
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The introduction to 'Ruapuke' says, "The greater part of the Ruapuke District is of a sandy loam, and at one time carried a large population of Maoris, as is evidenced by old pas, great heaps of shells, whare [house] sites and numerous kumara storage pits. When the first Europeans arrived the sandy country was covered with patches of light bush, with a big proportion of Karaka, Puriri, and Cabbage trees. The balance was covered with Tauhinu, Teatree, Flax and Fern. The clay portion of the district, (inland and on the slopes of Mt Karioi) was in heavy bush." The archaeological map shows over 40 sites in the area. The European settlers, George Charlton and his sons-in-law, Captains Swann and Liddell, arrived in the 1850s.
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The north end of Ruapuke Beach is about 23 km (14 mi) from Raglan via Whaanga Road and Te Toto Gorge, which is gravel, winding, mountainous and described as 'iconic' in descriptions of Rally New Zealand.
Until 1864 settlement was along the coast and relied on access by boat. Then a track was cut along what is now Waimaori Rd.
Until the 1990s the beach largely remained unknown, used by local residents and a few surfing and surfcasting fishing enthusiasts. International surfing competitions such as the Billabong (clothing) Pro and the Rip Curl Pro are now held at Ruapuke beach, providing conditions oblige.
- Ruapuke: F J Trolove first printed 1970 lists 22 families living in Ruapuke in 1969, including chapters on Swann, Thomson, Jackson, Ward, Given and Trolove
- "NZAA Site Viewer". nzaa.eaglegis.co.nz. Archived from the original on 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
- "NEW SCHOOL OPENED, New Zealand Herald". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 10 April 1937. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
- "Buses". Te Mata School. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
- "NEW ZEALAND HERALD". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 25 Nov 1873. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
- "2013 Census map – QuickStats about a place". archive.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
- "827 Ruapuke Rd to Te Mata". Google maps. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
- "Council gets ready to start Ruapuke Road Seal Extension Project". www.raglan23.co.nz. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
- "Swann Access Rd to Raglan". Google maps. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
- Thompson, Eric (6 May 2011). "Motorsport: Paddon gears up for trophy hunt" – via www.nzherald.co.nz.
- Trolove, F J (1970). Ruapuke.
- "Waikato Argus, RAGLAN COUNTY COUNCIL". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 30 Aug 1902. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
- "1935 Public Works Statement". atojs.natlib.govt.nz. Retrieved 2019-02-22.