Forts of Auckland

Preserving history

North Head, Fort Takapuna and Fort Victoria - major attractions on Auckland's North Shore




Some overseas visitors may think New Zealand does not have much history because it is a new country when compared to places in Europe.


They forget our rich Maori history which goes back many hundreds of years and they don't know to look for historical sites such as the forts.  The Forts of Auckland date back to the 1880s.

Here you will see a brief introduction on the history of Coastal Defences of Auckland based on North Head and Fort Takapuna.

The forts may not be for everyone, but if you are into history, then this attraction is well worth a visit.  In order to get the most from your visit to the forts, we suggest you take one of our guided tours, where one of our knowledgeable tour guides will be able to answer any questions you may have.  The cost of joining a tour is minimal.

The AUCKLAND COASTAL DEFENCES HISTORICAL TRUST is a registered charitable trust formed to preserve history, and assist the Department of Conservation (DOC) restore and maintain the historic sites at North Head and Fort Takapuna (Fort Cautley) as significant tourist attractions and areas of public interest. The surplus income from any tour or associated activities will be used to further develop DOC capacity to restore the historic, archaeological and amenity values of the sites for the region.

The Trust has been granted a concession from DOC to conduct guided tours at both locations.

The Trust acknowledges the continuing support of DOC and their excellent work in researching the history of the sites and the preservation and maintenance conducted to date.






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