From pa site to pig farm to picnic ground. Learn more about the diverse past of this volcanic island.
The historic structures at Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve contain elements from all periods of coastal defence in New Zealand.
Learn about the historic heritage of Great Barrier Island Aotea and it's important place in Maori tradition.
Learn about the sites that served as New Zealand defences in the Hauraki Gulf: Fort Takapuna, North Head, Stony Batter on Waiheke Island, Motutapu Island, Rangitoto Island and Motuihe Island.
At Kawau Island Historic Reserve you can learn about the island's fascinating Maori and Pakeha history.
Mangere Mountain is one of the least modified of the big cone pa sites which once dominated the Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau skyline.
Mansion House on Kawau Island was originally the residence for the mine superintendent on the island. In 1862 the island and home were purchased by Sir George Grey, one of New Zealand’s most influential and controversial political figures.
Miners Head was New Zealand's first copper mine. Learn more about what happened here before the copper ran out.
Motuihe Island has hosted tribal battles, people and animals under quarantine, prisoners of war, and dashing young naval cadets. Visit the little island with the big history.
Considered a sacred place by local iwi, Motutapu Island was intensively settled and cultivated by Maori. In more recent times, the island served as a base during World War II.
Find out about the history of North Head Historic Reserve including recent work to restore parts of the site.
Less than 200 years ago the 8000 hectares of volcanic stonefields at Otuatua were intensively cultivated. Learn more about this important archaeological site in this section.
These two grave sites on Great Barrier Island Aotea ensure we remember those whose lives were lost in one of New Zealand’s worst shipwrecks.
Stony Batter on Waiheke Island features gun sites and an extensive tunnel system that date back to World War II.
Learn about the historic heritage of Tiritiri Matangi Scientific Reserve, which features a number of Maori and early European sites including the Tiritiri lighthouse complex.
The Great Barrier bushmen rode the tramway up and down inclines like a rollercoaster. Learn more about the incredible feat of engineering required to reach the last kauri stands.
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