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Bridge Pā is a rural Māori settlement and surrounding area in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, located approximately 10 kilometres inland from Hastings. The pā itself comprises approximately 70 households, a school, a meetinghouse of the LDS Church, two marae (Korongata Marae and a later addition in 1984 of the Mangaroa Marae), a cemetery and a disused quarry. Also the 140-year-old historical Homestead of the Puriri Family. The surrounding area includes Hastings Aerodrome, two golf clubs, a car club, and a Deer Stalkers hall. As well as the main settlement centred on the intersection of Maraekakaho Road and Raukawa Road, a satellite settlement is located on Ngatarawa Road (near the Valentine Road corner) and on State Highway 50 (near the corner with Maraekakaho Road in the shadow of Roy's Hill). A relatively large tract of the surrounding rural area (up to 5 km from the pā) is also classified as Bridge Pā by local authorities and Telecom's White Pages.
The main road through the town is limited to 50 km/h and traffic is slowed through a variety of traffic calming measures. There is no sewerage.There is metropolitan style water reticulation. Wastewater is treated via individual homeowner septic tanks. Hastings Aerodrome is located nearby, just outside the settlement.
- 1996: 184
- 2001: 213
Bridge Pā is situated on flat land on the Heretaunga Plains with the major geographical feature of the township being the Karewarewa Stream. Located on the edge of an unconfined aquifer, the surrounding land is free-draining and is used for sheep grazing, horticulture and wine production.
The attractive rural setting experiences between -3 °C frosts in winter (usually clearing to clear crisp days) to 40 °C heat in late summer. Bridge Pā is approximately 20 km from the coast, and with the central North Island mountain ranges of the Ruahines and Kawekas to intercept the prevailing westerly winds, the region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with around 2350 sunshine hours per annum and very low humidity.
Bridge Pa Triangle
Bridge Pa Triangle is a grape growing area roughly delineated by three roads: Ngatarawa Road, State Highway 50 and Maraekakaho Road. It is recognised as a premium wine growing area in the Hawke’s Bay region. Wines grown include Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. In ancient times the area was blanketed by the pumice tephra of numerous Taupo volcanic events. Much of the Triangle area covers the historical (pre-1860s earthquake) riverbed of the nearby Ngaruroro River. As such soil types include Ngatarawa Gravels, Takapau Silty-loam (free draining red metal of mixed alluvial and volcanic origin) and shallow clay-loam soils with underlying deep free draining pumice.
The Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District Association brings together wine makers and associated businesses in the Bridge Pa Triangle with the aim of promoting this important wine growing sub region.
Wineries that produce wine or use grapes grown in this area include:
- Alpha Dolmus
- Sileni Estates
- Abbey Estate
- Red Metal Vineyards
- Bridge Pā Vineyard
- Shepherds Croft
- Ash Ridge Wines
- Te Mata Estate
- Church Road Winery
- Villa Maria Estates
- Ngatarawa Wines
Alwyn Corban and Garry Glazebrook of Ngatarawa Wines pioneered wine production in the area in the 1980s and it is only with the growth of other boutique wineries in the late 1990s that the "Bridge Pa Triangle" has been delineated and named. The area is also sometimes described as The Maraekakaho Triangle and The Ngatarawa Triangle. Bordering Ngatarawa Road and to the north of the area along State Highway 50 is the world famous Gimblett Gravels wine growing area.
- George Nepia - All Black Fullback 1920s - '30s Invincibles (attended Maori Agricultural College)id
- Tori Reid - (22 September 1912 – 19 March 2003) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A lock and flanker, Reid represented East Coast and Hawke's Bay at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1935 to 1937. He played 27 matches for the All Blacks including nine internationals. Affiliating to Ngāti Porou, Reid represented New Zealand Māori between 1931 and 1949. In a long first-class career from 1929 to 1952, he played 157 games, which was then a New Zealand record. Between 1952 and 1954, Reid served as a New Zealand Māori selector.
- Ash Puriri - Famous Entertainer & Academic Specialist Cruise Ship Entertainment Headliner 2000 - 2015 First Māori with over 5 Million Fans
- Charlene Otene (nee Wainohu) - Tall Fern, Silver Fern
- Kevin Tamati - Kiwi Rugby League
- Jack Maere - Tall Blacks
- Caroline Evers-Swindell - Olympic Rowing Gold Medalist
- Georgina Evers-Swindell - Olympic Rowing Gold Medalist, Indoor Rowing World Record Holder
- Peter Lyons - New Zealand Gliding champion
- Taine Randell - [All Black] Loose Forward 1996 - 2002
Local Businesses & Institutions
- Hawke's Bay Car Club
- Hastings Branch Deer Stalkers NZDA
- Bridge Pa Aerodrome
- Bridge Pā Golf Club
- Hawke's Bay Golf Club
- Ngatarawa Wines
- Sileni Estates
- Mundo Vira Vineyard
- Ash Ridge Wines
- Salvare Estate Wines
- Cardoness Lodge
- Early Morning Balloons
- Verano Countrystay - Heart of the Wine Country
- On Yer Bike Winery Tours
- Olea Cottages
- St Iwes Strawberry Farm, Rosser Rd
- Hawke's Bay Regional Prison (Mangaroa Prison)
- Mangaroa Marae
- Korongata Marae (Te Kohanga Reo O-Korongata)
- Bridge Pā Primary School[permanent dead link] (48 pupils, 5 Teachers)
- Kamaka Pottery - Japanese style anagama pottery kiln