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Free Guided Tour of Fort Takapuna

Free Guided Tour of Fort Takapuna

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  • Sun 22 Oct ’17, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sun 22 Oct ’17, 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, 170 Vauxhall Rd, Devonport


All Ages

Registration Types:

  • Admission: $0.00


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In the late 1800s, New Zealanders were afraid that their ports were open to attack from the Russian navy, these were known as the ‘Russian war scares’. To stop this happening a chain of forts was built around the coast and amongst the most elaborate of these was Fort Takapuna.

The fort was built in 1886 and armed with two big guns. There were underground storage bunkers and accommodation for the soldiers was built to look like a small castle complete with battlements, rifle slits and steel shuttered windows. Later in the 1920s, the old fort became the main ammunition store for the navy and hundreds of tons of ammunition were packed into the underground spaces.

Empty of ammunition now the fort has been restored by the Department of Conservation and tour/s will explore the maze of underground tunnels and rooms and tell some of the stories of this fascinating place.

Meet at Fort Takapuna in the car park in front of the fort.
This event its part of Conservation Week 2017 - conservationweek.org.nz

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