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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  • A beautiful ceramic and modern design make this GEODESIC point, crucial for the attachment of the New Zealand in the global system, a beautiful monument to discover. In addition, the paths that lead to walk by the beach at low tide or by the north end of the village of Russell offer pretty views on the sea and Pahia.
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  • It was a hard walk up hill from the strand in the hot midday sun to get to Flagstaff hill but the view from both the flag staff and the sun dial were breath taking. The walk back down was easy - all d...  more »
  • A 20-30 minutes walk at a height but well worth it for the views at the top. Enjoy the fast walk back down to town for some ice cream!  more »

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