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In 1975 Mr G V Crapp of Omokoroa Beach gifted to the nation as a reserve an area of just over two hectares and this has become the Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve. Mr Crapp was born on the property and lived at Omokoroa Beach all his life. The reserve has important associations with his family and the European settlement of the district as well as with pre-European occupation of the area.

The Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve is situated 22 km north of Tauranga on Omokoroa Point, the tip of a peninsula jutting into Tauranga Harbour. Access is via State Highway No. 2, along Omokoroa Road, down Myrtle Drive and the reserve is at the end of Gellibrand Place.  (See map below)

The Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve comprises a coastal strip around the headland of Omokoroa Point.

Most of the reserve is located on relatively flat land situated at the top of steep cliffs. The rest of the reserve includes 7 metre high cliffs and shoreline to the mean high water mark. Developments have included a significant planting of trees and shrubs but most significantly it’s the older trees planted in the 1870s.

The southern end of the reserve slopes gently down towards the cliff edges, and at the northern end of the reserve on the head land there is an area of raised ground which was the site of a Maori Pa (Wai-Huri).

The reserve has been classified Historic.

The Wai-Huri Pa, is an important archaeological site and has a deep trench still in existence.

The area of the Pa has a predominance of native trees - Karakas, Pohutukawas and Puriris. A few Kauri, Totara and Lacebark have recently been planted.

In another areas of the reserve can be found a huge Moreton Bay Fig, London Plane and Holm Oak.

Sadly, a Eucalyptus botryoides (Southern Mahogony) was felled in 2011 due to rot and possibly being a danger to people using the reserve. It was an outstanding tree of National Interest. The stump of this tree was carved into a likeness of Rev Joseph Tice Gellibrant by Warwich Lilley of Rotorua. This is a remarkable carving and is now enjoyed by the locals and visitor alike.