North Head Historic Reserve, Auckland

Currently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
  • Address: Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park, Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +64-93796476
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Historical Site, Family And Kids, Military Area
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About North Head Historic Reserve, Auckland

The North Head Historic Reserve is New Zealand’s most important military base and coastline security. Even today, the military tunnels, gun emplacements and fortifications dating back to late 19th century, are preserved. You can take a walk here to admire the splendid coastline as you explore its many pathways. Fun fact-North head is one of the 50 volcaniccones in Auckland. The North Head beach is rather popular for its serene ambience.

During your visit, don’t miss on seeing the film about the history of North Head shown at the old stone kitchen.

North Head Historic Reserve Information

  • Carry bottled drinking water and snacks.
  • Do wear sturdy shoes for the hike.
  • Wearing sunscreen will be helpful.
  • Vehicle access is via Takarunga Road
  • Camping and littering is not permitted.
  • Admission to the place is Free.

North Head Historic Reserve Opening and Closing Hours

  • The reserve is open at 6:00 am.
  • Vehicle gate closes at 8:00 pm.
  • Pedestrian gates at Takarunga Road and at the southern end of Cheltenham Beach close at 10:00 pm.
  • For tours, contact the place prior to your visit.
  • Timings of the Stone Kitchen: Daily from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.

How To reach North Head Historic Reserve by Public Transport

  • By Bus: 12 Cheltenham Rd
  • By Taxi
  • By renting a Car.

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Things to Know Before Visiting North Head Historic Reserve

  • 7.43% of people who visit Auckland include North Head Historic Reserve in their plan

  • 61.26% of people start their North Head Historic Reserve visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see North Head Historic Reserve

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91.61% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting North Head Historic Reserve

People normally club together Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium and Viaduct Harbour while planning their visit to North Head Historic Reserve.

People also prefer to end their day with North Head Historic Reserve.

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North Head Historic Reserve, Auckland Reviews

  • Great activity for kids and adults alike. Expect amazing views and lots of fun walking through old tunnels and rooms dug/buried in the stone. I highly recommend a flashlight or at the very least make sure your cellphone light works well.

  • A scenic spot with loads of history associated with it. The reserve is easily accessible by car or foot. Car park is also available. Ideal for a quick visit if in the vicinity.

  • Every summer i head out there.I always have the family such a adventurous place to go.The outdoors the fresh air .. tunnels to investigate play or hide.hill to slde down take cardboard.Have a picnic sometimes maybe a bit windy. Good place to walk or run for exercise. Highly reccomend this place for families and a historic background

  • A really cool place to explore, make sure you bring a torch! There's a nice walk around the head with a few different pathways. On a nice day you get lovely clear views of Rangitoto from one side and auckland from the other. The military buildings and tunnels are a great time and very interesting to have a look around in, if not a bit creepy feeling in the dark! Very green and lush grass make it a great picnic spot and easy parking makes it even better! Good for a short stroll or a longer time for some exploration.

  • A wonderful place to explore. Limited parking up the top - park at the bottom and walk is a good idea. Take a torch and explore the tunnels - kids love it, just be careful if the cliffs.

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