North Head Historic Reserve, Auckland

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • If you are in Auckland go there for half a day. Amazing scenery, good park layout, a bit of history there too. Pack your lunch with you, bring sufficient water and enjoy. Make sure to check out Devonp...  more »
  • Take the ferry from the CBD and combine with a wander around Devonport.A wander around the headland gives great views of Auckland The underground tunnels are wonderful fun for children so take a torch...  more »
  • This site is on a large hill in the Devonport area. It contains a number of old tunnels used by the defence forces where they had some very large guns protecting Auckland harbour many years ago The hi...  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