North Head Historic Reserve, Auckland Central

Climb to the top of North Head Historic Reserve, a volcanic cone and at one time the most significant coastal defense site in New Zealand. Featuring sweeping views over the Hauraki Gulf, the attraction provided an advantageous viewpoint for peoples through the ages, starting with the Maori. Defense structures dating from 1888 include a military tunnel complex, gun emplacements, and fortifications once used to protect Auckland against Russian invasion. Take a self-guided tour, watch an educational film, or just walk the hilly hiking trails on the coast. Be careful of holes and uneven surfaces both in the tunnels and on the hikes, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Use our Auckland Central travel site to add North Head Historic Reserve and other attractions to your Auckland Central vacation plans.
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  • Absolutely loved this place. A free attraction and so many places to explore! Great views of the city but with hidden extras! We found lots of abandoned and empty bunkers back from the war days, we al...  more »
  • View exaggerated by the local people. It is interesting and has good view of Auckland, but is not something incredible. I only recommend if you have long time free.
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  • What fun we had, and in the wet weather too, exploring these tunnels! I'd recommend taking a torch so you can feel safe with your footing inside the darkness. It was a rather steep climb up the track....  more »

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As a modern and cosmopolitan city, Auckland benefits from a range of accommodations. From downtown luxury and boutique hotels to suburban bed and breakfasts, motels, and campsites, visitors of all persuasions and budgets can find something to suit them. A cluster of accommodations around the airport make convenient stops for those traveling late, while the popular harbor area offers rooms with a nice view. RV parks on the edge of town make a great basecamp for getting out into the surrounding landscape.
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