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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  • October 11, 2017
    No mucking about - this is a solid climb up from Russell, taking about 20 minutes depending on your speed. We did it with young kids so it's easily achievable. But the views from the top are amazing -...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    From the port, interesting way by Russell and his villas, then very steep climb to the lookout point. Unfortunately Vegation growing to limits the view at the top, you must catch the gaps between the trees on the way back, page facing away from to get a good view of the Russell.
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  • August 31, 2017
    Walked up here from town. steep climb but worth the viewa and distance not far from ferry point. Historic point of New zealand  more »

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