Maungauika North Head

Maungauika North Head

Takarunga Mt Victoria provides a basic introduction to the military history of the Devonport peninsula, but it is the extinct volcano of Maungauika North Head that really tells the story. This was a major military facility from the 1890s to WW2. There are multiple gun emplacements around the headland from across the period, including a photogenic arrangement of restored older guns facing across the Waitemata Harbour towards Auckland City.

In addition, there are extensive barracks, lookouts, an old underground engine room area, and accessible old military tunnels. Plus it has the best views back to downtown at sunset and across to Rangitoto and towards Waiheke and the Coromandel. From the north side of the top, there is also a fabulous view down Cheltenham Beach.

Although the more accessible Maungawhau Mt Eden will always be our number one go to viewpoint for Auckland, Maungauika North Head does have the extra advantage of prime water position and historical features. It also sits astride the North Shore Coastal Walk / Te Araroa.

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