North Head Historic Reserve, Auckland

(4.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Take the kids for some fresh air and explore North Head including the historic gun emplacements that were designed to protect Auckland. Fantastic views of the city, the beaches and Rangitoto  more »
  • Great views and some interesting history. On your way back to Auckland, drop down into the village for lunch and a wonder through some great local shops. A bit like the place that time forgot.  more »
  • Great spot to visit for a walk or a picnic, the views are pretty special, you'll see how Aucklanders enjoy the water (& see the beaches they spend time at), and the bunkers are fun for the kids.  more »
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  • Amazing views of the city. The underground tunnels have an interesting history and are fun to explore.
  • Very interesting piece of history, fantastic views. Really enjoyable hiking down the Cheltenham beach then up stairs to the North Head and all the way around.
  • Great views of Auckland, nice peaceful setting to see the rest of the harbour also. Military history also makes for an interesting visit especially the old gun tunnels
  • Terrific 19th century fortified artillery and tunnel network on New Zealand's North Head. Beautiful views, and so peaceful for an inner city location.
  • Wow. What a view. You can see all the islands in the bay right around to the sky tower and the city. Perfect location for photos.