Historic North Head/Maungauika
Historic North Head/Maungauika
a 2½ hour guided tour with commentary
$160.00 per Person
Limited to 6 participants
13 years old and over
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You’ll be job-smacked by the views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf as you round the corner at the summit of North Head/Maungauika one of Auckland’s most treasured historic reserves (read more) having been the “Main defence against the enemy” protecting Auckland against the perceived Russian invasion of the 1880’s.
We’ll park up our Segways and if you’re interested we can take a look at the video playing in the original Stone Kitchen which features, in animation, the fort built in the 1880’s.
You can then take a walk through the tunnels and bunkers to get up close to the ‘Disappearing Gun’ installed on North Head/Maungauika in 1887.
You’ll visit Cheltenham Beach and have an opportunity to put the Segway through its paces. We make our way back to our base on Devonport Wharf riding through the back streets of the village to admire the Victorian architecture.
That’s what makes this is a “Must do” sightseeing tour during your stay in Auckland City.
Summer 9.30am 12.30 and 3.30pm daily (Nov – April)
Winter 10.00am and 1.30pm daily (May – Oct)
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 BRIDGE
If 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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