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. Add Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and other attractions to your Russell trip itinerary using our Russell travel itinerary maker.
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  • We found our way to Flagstahh Holland was rewarded with some stunning 360 degree views. It is a bit of a scary drive up with the turn off on the main road on a tight corner. We went up at around 3:30p...  more »
  • This is a quick uphill hike to the top of the hill overlooking Russell. Its well worth the trip and the beautiful tile work on the sundial is quite an art piece!  more »
  • We walked up the track with our three children aged 2-9. It is an uphill climb but definitely worth it when you reach the top.  more »