Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Russell
(4.3/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A good location for scenery and a view of the area from a high location. Would recommend this location to appreciate the beauty of New Zealand and the landscapes that are available to see. 
  • Up a steep hill from edge of Russell town. Drive if you are able unless super fit. When you get to the top the is a sharp turn to the left and up again. Parking available. Great views over Russell & t...  more »
  • Not that the climb was difficult, and no one with the use of their legs should be deterred. The view from the top was excellent, and it felt historic to stand at the site of the flagstaff battle. Read...  more »