Fort Takapuna
Image: Rebecca Knapman | Creative Commons



O Peretu is the ancient name for this headland, occupied first by Māori and used by the New Zealand Defence Forces for over a century. Enjoy the stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf and nearby Rangitoto Island.

Fort Takapuna sits on a commanding position at the head of the Rangitoto Channel in the Hauraki Gulf.

The site has served its community diversely as a defence and lookout post, medical centre, and training camp that reinforced New Zealand’s involvement on a global scale during times of conflict.

Notable defensive features of the fort include twin six-inch disappearing guns, an underground magazine, and barracks.

More about the history of Fort Takapuna

Find things to do and places to stay Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve

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.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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