Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Russell

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Climb the well-maintained path through regenerating coastal forest to the summit of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, where you can enjoy sweeping vistas overlooking the Bay of Islands. Close to the top, you'll pass a vast sundial with a mosaic base, commemorating the Institute of Surveyors Centennial. At the peak, the eponymous flagpole towers above you, and a plaque explains the history behind the hill's name. The British colonial government was the first to erect a flag here in 1840. Hone Heke, a local Māori chief, regarded the Union Jack flying over the bay as a symbol of the loss of Māori control in the area. Under Heke's command, Māori cut down the flagstaff four times between 1844 and 1845. Years later, the Māori planted a fifth and final flag as a symbol of reconciliation with the British. Keep your eyes peeled for the kiwis that populate the area, although the shy flightless birds are expert at hiding from passersby. Plan to visit Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve during your Russell vacation using our convenient Russell route planner .
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  • The sight where 4 flag poles with the British flag were chopped down by some an ally of Hone Heke and Hone Heke himself between 1844 and 1846. On the 4th flag chopping all the British defenders were k...  more »
  • Good wee walk. Would be great views on a sunny day. Make sure to check out both sundial and flagstaff. Would recommend road up and high tide bush walk down. Possible in jandals by road but would recom...  more »
  • Took a morning walk up Flagstaff hill around the walkways. Good little workout, takes about 40 mins at an amble to do the circuit. Some steep steps in parts.  more »

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