Auckland City from North Head - June 2012 - NZ Photo Contest

by Lynne Findlay
(North Shore, Auckland City)

Auckland City from North Head

Auckland City from North Head

On a visit to North Head I was captivated by the views and particularly the cloud formation of the day. I want to share this image of these clouds, and Auckland City and Mount Victoria.


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Three volcanic mountains form the headlands. Maungauika , North Head, marks the Waitemata mouth. It took in a protective role displaying still canon, bunkers and tunnels that make a day trip to Devonport worth to visit and explore. Takarunga, Mt. Victoria, is the highest volcano on the North Shore offering far reaching views over Auckland, the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. The smallest and mostly quarried volcano is Takaroro, Mount Cambria. Together they witnessed one of the earliest settlements in the Auckland region.

In 1350 AD Maori people set up their pa site for the privileged location there. Fertile soil there helped to grow kumaras (a kind of sweet potato) and the water surrounded location provided easy fishing grounds.

European settlers that arrived in the mid 1800's recognized similar benefits of the location as the Maori did before them. In addition they discovered a deep water anchorage there. A fact that encouraged the English navy to build their base, hence the name Devonport was given in memory of the English naval town.

The ''North Head Historic Reserve' is a park where plenty of naval remains can be explored from past fortifications.

The Peace and Plenty Inn, in Devonport is a well recommended place to stay and experience the colonial charm. Architectural highlights developed mainly in the 1880s are still popular trip destination for New Zealanders and tourists alike. The lovingly restored historic village is filled with antiquities and galleries. Many of the colonial villas were built with the wood of kauri trees which were grown in Auckland’s west.

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