Engraving of first guns. Sir George Grey Special Collection, Auckland Libraries(NZ) 2949-2950

Guided tour: historic coastal defences on North Head

FreeNorth Auckland

Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 October
-Saturday and Sunday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm


Meet at the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum

64 King Edward Parade, Devonport

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Bookings are required

Contact Royal New Zealand Navy Museum:

09 445 5186


Event details

When New Zealand became a part of the British Empire, we also inherited Britain's enemies. As former prime minister Michael Savage said "Where Britain goes, we go.”

The Russians threatened us in 1883, and the Germans were sinking ships off our coasts in WWI. By WWII we were preparing for a Japanese invasion. We used guns provided by Britain to defend our coasts.

The many defence positions around our coasts are still well-preserved heritage sites to remind us of our wartime foes.

Brought to you by Auckland Coastal Defences Historical Trust

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