In the 1850s Takapuwahia had a population of over 250 Māori people who had come from Taupo, now known as Plimmerton. In 1889, the settlement became the primary home to Ngāti Toarangatira and in 1910 a school was built there.
- "Historic site: Takapuwahia Village". pcc.govt.nz. Retrieved 2013-04-30.