North Head Historic Reserve, Auckland

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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. Arrange to visit North Head Historic Reserve and other attractions in Auckland using our Auckland itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    North Head provides stunning views for adults and tunnels for the kids to explore. There's even a very narrow dead-end tunnel that spooked the kids. At the Stone Kitchen there's a good 15 minute film ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Lived here most of my life but never visited till recently. Interesting to see what was put in place over 100 years ago  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Caught a ferry from the city to Devonport and walked to this historic reserve site. 10 Minutes from the ferry terminal - once there, it's quite a climbed but with fantastic view of Auckland harbour. G...  more »
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  • Amazing place to have visited on Anzac day. The history blew me away song with the stunning views. Great place to take kidsâ˜ș
  • Very cool historical spot. Has great views in all directions and has some accessible historical tunnels around the summit.
  • GREAT views of the city and Devonport. Very interesting historically speaking.
  • Good place to bring visitors for a view of Auckland across the bridge. Worth a visit to the ferry terminal too.
  • Easy to walk up nice to take yor lunch or have panic and fantastic views

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