1250 Auckland, New Zealand
tel: +64 9 379 6476 (Department of Conservation Visitor Centre )
fax: +64 9 379 3609
NileGuide Expert tip:
Arrive near sunset when the light on the cityscape is perfect for photography.
Having been used time and time again as a strategic lookout all the way up to World War II, you will find many military remnants as you walk round on this dormant volcanic cone. Keep a look out for the big guns and the tunnel entrances which are only open now and then to visitors. You are also likely to see hang gliding as people jump out over the Gulf from the far side of the cone. But the real reason to go up is for the amazing view of Auckland's CBD with the water in front. Serious camera time, especially for that souvenir portrait of the family.
You can walk along the waterfront to the base from the Devonport Ferry Building in about 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes at an average pace.