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Historic coastal defences of Maungauika

North Auckland

Saturday 23 September- Sunday 8 October, Saturday and Sundays, tours start at 10am and 2pm.


Royal New Zealand Navy Museum

64 King Edward Parade, at the foot of North Head , Devonport

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Koha (any donation)


Bookings are required

Contact Royal New Zealand Navy Museum

09 445 5186

Event details

A walk and talk over Maungauika/North Head's historic Victorian coastal defences installed during the Russian war scares in the 1880s.

Tour the gun positions and the tunnels.

Hear the stories and secrets that have swirled around for many years, from hidden flying boats in secret sealed tunnels and the belief that an old dump with potentially dangerous ammunition remains undiscovered.

Presented by: Auckland Coastal Defences Trust

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