Views over Rangitoto - January 2012 - NZ Photo Contest

by Marie Waters
(Auckland, New Zealand)

Views over Rangitoto

Views over Rangitoto

I took this photo recently as part of a photography shoot at North Head in Devonport. I have lived in Auckland all my life and never been up to North Head and looked at the amazing 360 degree views of Auckland and looked in the tunnels.

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North Head Historic Reserve

North Head is one of the oldest of about 50 volcanic cones in the Auckland area. The formation dates back around 50 thousand years. Located at the entrance of Waitemata Harbour its summit allows a 360 degree view. Included are views over Rangitoto, Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City.

Already Maori tribes recognized this position of high strategic and defensive value and build their pa (settlement) there. In the late 17 hundreds the residing tribe was overwhelmed by a rival tribe. With the arrival of European settlers North Head was fortified to protect Auckland from Russia in the late 18 hundreds. This fear never resulted in action. WWI and WWII rose to the next possible threads coming from the sea that led to preventive military reinforcement. To the present day the military complex was only used preventive and for practice. The only fired shots were salutes during ceremonies.

With the inclusion into the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park North Head became a historic reserve under the management of the Department of Conservation. Daytripper come to enjoy the scenic views or to take a historic walk and explore guns, searchlights and tunnels and other fortifications. To dive deeper into history the former stone kitchen is transformed into a film theatre that is open daily between 8.30am and 4pm showing a film that tells the story around this place.

A ferry connects Auckland and Devonport. The journey takes about 12 minutes and runs all day with Fuller from the Auckland Quay Street.

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