Child/family friendly activities
Kids will love to explore the remnants of the defensive Fort Takapuna, including observation posts, searchlights and gun emplacements. The fort is below ground level and most of it was filled in 100 years ago. However, part of the fort remains and can be explored. Access to the interior of the fort is only available at special events.
As well as exploring the fort, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve is a great place for a picnic, or to enjoy the stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf.
Dog owners are welcome to use any of the tracks or open areas to exercise your dog. No permit is required. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and you must clean up after your dog - take a plastic bag and always pick up your dog’s waste.
Guided tours of Fort Takapuna are available. Contact the Forts of Auckland www.forts.org.nz
The historic structures at Fort Takapuna contain elements from all periods of coastal defence in New Zealand. Explore the reserve and learn more about its varied history.
The fort is below ground level as it was originally surrounded by a dry moat. Most of the fort was filled in 100 years ago, but part of the fort remains and can be explored.
Fort Takapuna is a popular place for paragliding. Come and fly this site with your own equipment or just sit and watch the action! Paragliders generally launch from just beside the "pillbox" on the seaward side of the reserve, between the Officers Mess and Narrowneck Beach.
'Progressive Fern Jars' by Christine Hellgar, part of the NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition at Fort Takapuna
Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve is home to NZ Sculpture OnShore, a biennial sculpture exhibition featuring works from well known sculptors and younger artists. The next exhibition will be held in 2014.
Weddings and other events
Fort Takapuna’s views, pohutukawa lined cliffs, private beach and historic fortifications make it a very popular site for wedding ceremonies and photographs. Victorian Fort Takapuna provide an interesting backdrop for corporate team building events or school group visits.
The Officers' Mess is a cafe and bookable function centre. The cafe is open to the public on Sundays for brunch. See Weddings and events at Fort Takapuna.
You can swim at Narrow Neck Beach at the western end of the Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve. This beach is tidal, so you may have to wade out a way for a decent swim at low tide.