This reserve is home to the longest beach on the peninsula which is named after the SS victory which ran aground in 1861. If you go there at low tide you can still see the massive fly wheel sticking up out of the ocean.
The reserve itself is 231 hectare and home to heaps of wildlife and sandy bracken dunes. The Pyramids of Dunedin are also here, the little pyramid with a very cool basalt column cave that you can climb through.
Several Ngati Mamoe were slain when hiding in the cave at the Little Pyramid on Kapuketereti Flat. Kumu kumu whero, behind Otakou, recalls an incident of Te Wera's raid, its reddish color being a reminder that a warrior was seen ascending the spot, his posterior being badly slashed and gory.
For over sixty years the vicinity of the Little Pyramid has been the happy hunting-ground of European collectors of skulls, and the cave within, although "tapu" to the Maoris, was ransacked in the so-called interests of science during August and September, 1938, and hailed as a great discovery.
The restless spirits of the slain from Te Wera's raids are said still to frequent Pipikarita on the sea coast, going to that beach to gather pipis.
The present-day Maori however calls this tapu place Pipi Garhead.