Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Russell

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 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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  • Climbed this hill via a circuit that took us from the ferry jetty along the foreshore, then up into the hills and then back through the township. Great views from the top, and well worth the effort to...  read more »
  • Take the journey by minivan or walk to flagpole enjoy the history and the magnificent view across the islands back to pahia. 
  • 要爬一下下,會喘,但看到Bay of Island的海灣在眼前360度呈現,所有的辛苦你就忘記了。Russell是一個很古樸的小鎮,很快就可以走完,所以一定要來這裡的山頂看看美麗的島嶼灣。 
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