Historic North Head

It’s a “Must Do” Auckland tour as you  ‘glide’  North-Head-Historic-Reserve

to the summit of  North Head/Maungauika to explore one of Auckland’s most treasured Historic Reserves (view more on Wikipedia) having been the “Main defense against the enemy” protecting Auckland against the perceived Russian invasion of the 1880’s.

The 360 degree views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf from the summit are spectacular.

We’ll park up our Segways and take a walk through the tunnels to get up close to the  “Disappearing Gun” installed onNorth Head Fort North Head/Maungauika in 1887.

 There’s plenty of FUN to be had.

And great photo opportunities.

That’s what makes this is a “Must do” sightseeing tour during your stay in Auckland City.

We’ll visit Cheltenham Beach and have an opportunity to ‘put the Segway through its paces’.                              Fun

We ride through the historic village to admire the Victorian Architecture as we make our way back to our base on Devonport Wharf.

This Guided tour takes  2 hours                                           $150.00 per person.

  • Scheduled Times :
  • Summer (Nov – April) 9.30am 12.30 and 3.30pm daily.
  • Winter (May – Oct) 10.00am and 1.30pm daily.
  • Or by appointment – call 027 3393 155

Any queries,  email us via the General Enquiry form opposite.

  • If you’re coming  from the city,  take the 12 minute ferry ride from the downtown terminal.
  • Once here you will find us at in the Devonport Ferry Terminal.

Here’s a link to the Ferry Timetable. 

Booking for the Ferry is not necessary as they run every ½ hour  during the day.

Early 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.

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 defense 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.

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.