Fort Takapuna

Image: Rebecca Knapman | Creative Commons


Discover the beautiful views, wonderful coastal treasures and amazing history of O Peretu/Takapuna Head, right on the doorstep of the North Shore.


  • Explore the sandy and rocky shore of Takapuna Head and Narrow Neck beach.
  • Step back in time and imagine what life was like in one of the forts that protected Auckland during the wars. 
  • Earn more than one Kiwi Guardians medal in one day by taking on another adventure at around the corner at Maungauika/North Head.

Get ready

Download the adventure map and check out what you can do:

English adventure map (PDF, 3,650K) 

Te Reo adventure map (PDF, 264K)

Know before you go

  • 1 km return loop walk takes approximately 45 minutes or less.
  • Easy flat walking over grass and sandy beach.
  • No dogs are allowed on the reserve between 9 am and 7 pm from the Saturday of Labour Weekend to Easter Monday.
  • Beware of steep drop-offs around cliff tops and historic structures. 

What to bring

DOC short walk gear list 

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you’ll find a special code word – write it down, but don’t share it (we don’t want to spoil everyone else’s adventure).

Getting there:

Fort Takapuna is located 14 km from central Auckland. From SH1, in either direction take Esmonde Road exit 420, then turn right onto Lake Road, left onto Old Lake Road and continue onto Vauxhall Road. 

Claim your reward

Tell us the Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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