North Head Historic Reserve
16 Takarunga Road
Explore New Zealand's Military HistoryNorth Head Historic Reserve sits on an old volcanic cone formed about 50,000 years ago - so check, super cool geology. In the 1840s it became a pilot station to guide ships into Auckland's harbor, and by 1885 a defense fort was built on the island for fear of war with the Russians. Today, it's a public reserve where you can get lost in dark tunnels, have a picnic with gorgeous views, or lounge by the water.