|View across to Mt Rangitoto
|South Battery which takes you into the volcanic tunnels
Sunday brought beautiful weather and a trip to North Head in Devonport with The Scout, Miss B and Mr J as part of a scout activity.
North Head is an old military defence fort sited on one of Auckland's many volcanic cones. It dates from the late 1800's, when there were fears of a Russian invasion. North Head actually had three forts to defend different harbour locations, and during WW1 it was used a military barracks. Auckland was not attacked in WW2 either and the base was later used for the Army's Compulsory Military Training Programme. These days it is an historical reserve, with stunning views of the harbour and city, lots of tunnels and other interesting fortifications to explore. Most of the old guns were scrapped, but a few remain on site.
A really interesting place to explore and relax afterwards with a picnic lunch.