Photos from Maketu Pa site
Here's why Maketu Pa was so valued as a lookout:
Even in these days of winter smog, you can see all the way across the Manukau Harbour to the Waitakere Ranges on the other side of Auckland.
This photo shows some of the earthworks - kumara pits, terraces, and perhaps a tranverse ditch - which can be seen near the 'summit' of the pa:
Here's a view of the cliff on the north side of the 'summit', which gives you an idea of why Maketu was such a great natural fortress:
Here's the view east from the top of the pa, across the site of the old settlement of Peach Hill. A couple of stone walls built by the early settlers can be made out amidst the late afternoon shadows: