Disappearing gun, Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve
North Head is a small strategic headland at the mouth of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Its commanding views over the Hauraki Gulf and inner harbour have made it an important lookout and defence site for centuries, first for early Maori inhabitants and later for European settlers.
Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve self-guided walk brochure (PDF, 522K)
North Head's position at the mouth of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour has made it an important lookout and defence site for centuries.
Explore the tunnels, guns and other structures, have a picnic, walk your dog or watch a fim at the North Head Historic Reserve.
Accommodation is available in Devonport, where North Head is located.
Directions for getting there and rules that apply to visiting North Head Historic Reserve.
Find out about the history of Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve including recent work to restore parts of the site.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve.
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