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Protecting our precious places

Archaeological and historic covenants

Private landowners are playing an important part in protecting our irreplaceable heritage - the traces of early settlement left by our forebears.

Download QEII factsheets about archaeological sites

Archaeological sites Part 1 (PDF 600KB)

Archaeological sites Part 2 (PDF 1.2MB)

Maori pa sites (PDF 916KB)

Find out about archaeological and historic sites protected by QEII covenants.

Private landowners can play an important role by protecting archaeological sites with QEII open space covenants.

Maori developed storage pits to protect kumara seed stock and food supplies from the cold and wet during winter.

Historic stands of trees are worth protecting.

After a 150-year history of gold mining, coal mining, logging and flax harvesting, Mangarakau Swamp is now protected in perpetuity.

Well preserved kumara storage pits have been protected by QEII covenants.

QEII open space covenants are one way to ensure protection of Maori cultural sites.

The Brocherie covenant encircles the remains of the oldest French building site in Akaroa Harbour.


Middens are former rubbish dumps that may contain shells, bones, artefacts and charcoal.

Two pa sites on the Coromandel Peninsula have been protected with QEII open space covenants.

Historic industrial sites from the earliest days of European contact with New Zealand are protected with QEII covenants.

Collaboration protects the natural and cultural values of Te Kohekohe Pa.

Archaeological and cultural site management on the East Coast.

QEII covenants protect gold mining workings dating back to the 1860s.

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