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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  • Stunning views from this place and Russell and the Bay Islands. Definitely worth a visit here to do some excellent imagery photo
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  • During low tide we walked Watering Bay and up to Flagstaff Historical Reserve to read the monument and see Russell from a different angle. Wonderful view of the town. Great way to spend our last few h...  more »
  • Great vantage point to see 360 degree views. Road to the summit is quite steep. At the base of the flagstaff is a plaque which gives you more information about the history of the flagstaff.