Historic North Head/Maungauika
One of our most popular Auckland Segway tours is the North Head Tour, whisking you around the easternmost point of Devonport where North Head/Maungauika juts out into the Hauraki Gulf. Can you think of any better way to explore this unique, historic and geographically significant landmark than by zooming around it on a segway?!
The views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf will wow you as you glide around the summit of North Head/Maungauika. You’ll learn new things about one of Auckland’s most treasured historic reserves which protected Auckland against the perceived Russian invasion of the 1880s. Park your Segway up and take a stroll through the tunnels and bunkers to get up close to the ‘Disappearing Gun’—installed on North Head/Maungauika in 1887.
You’ll visit the picturesque Cheltenham Beach, see Auckland’s youngest volcanic cone (Rangitoto Island) and have some free time to see what your Segway is really capable of at the local park. On the cruise back to our base on Devonport Wharf we take the back streets of the village, letting you admire the amazing Victorian architecture.
This 2 ½ hour Devonport Segway tour includes an enlightening and entertining commentary, making it a must-do Auckland holiday activity.
TO RIDE A SEGWAY ON THIS TOUR, YOU MUST:
- Be agile and able to climb stairs unaided.
- Be able to step on and off the Segway with ease.
- Be 13 years old or over
- Summer (Nov-April): 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm daily
- Winter (May-Oct): 10.00am and 1.30pm daily
Or by appointment – please contact us to discuss.
The North Head Segway tour is limited to six participants.
USUAL COST: $160.00 CURRENT COVID SPECIAL: $110.00 PER PERSON
At present the Booking System will secure your date and time. However your payment will not process. Therefore payment will be taken at our office at the time of your Ride.
TAKING THE FERRY?
If you’re coming from the city you can take the 12 minute ferry ride from the downtown terminal. Once here you’ll find us inside the Devonport Ferry Terminal.
Booking for the Ferry is not necessary as they run every ½ hour during the day.
AUCKLAND HARBOUR BRIDGEIf you’re driving from the City over the bridge you need to allow 45 minutes as traffic can be heavy coming into Devonport via Lake Road. There is free 3-hour car parking outside the ferry terminal building. Alternatively, you will need to find parking in the streets around the village.
Early Maori History ...
Called Maungauika (the mountain of Uika) by the Maori people it was a ‘pa’ site (fortified village) where they lived and tended their gardens and dried fish caught in the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour.
The Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) are revered by Mana Whenua (Māori who have tribal links to Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.) as the creations of Mataaho (the guardian of the Earth’s secrets) and Ruaumoko (the God of earthquakes and volcanoes). They were significant areas of settlement, of agriculture, of battles, of marriages, of birth and burial.
The Tūpuna Maunga are places to be honoured, respected and protected for those who have gone before and for the many generations to come.
Early Settler History ...
After the European settlement of Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland in the 1840’s, Maungauika/North Head became the first pilot station guiding ships into the harbour. It was in the 1880’s when the Russian scare came about that Maungauika/North Head became the main military defence for Auckland.
Tunnels and Bunkers were dug into the mountain and huge guns imported from Britain were installed. The Navy occupied North Head running a telecommunications school there until 1996.
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