Fort Takapuna Devonport
Fort Takapuna is a lookout point and bunker defence site and the last of the New Zealand designed twin 6 inch gun forts in existence. Fort Takapuna can be reached by bus from Victoria Road or on foot from North Head.
Fort Takapuna, originally built as one of a number of new defence forts established around Auckland’s harbor. Fort Takpuna’s unique location at the head of the Rangitoto Channel made it an important lookout point and defence site for a number of years. The fort is below ground level as originally a dry moat surrounded the fort on all sides, with a drawbridge to provide access. Whilst the majority of the fort was filled in 100 years ago, the remaining elements are open left to explore.
Take a self-guided walk to explore the barracks, tunnels, gun pits and magazine inside the last of the New Zealand designed twin 6 inch gun forts. Learn more about the installations from information panels on the walls inside the fort wall.
Located next to Fort Takapuna is Narrow Neck beach, this picturesque location is perfect for photo taking, relaxing in the sun with an ice cream or cold drink from the neighbouring café, after exploring the military surroundings.
By Bus to Fort Takapuna from Victoria Road:
From Devonport’s high street, Victoria Road there are a number of bus stops to take the quick ten-minute 813 bus to Fort Takapuna en route to Narrow Neck. One of these is outside Bayley’s real estate agents opposite the Fish and Chips Café. Buses depart from this stop every hour from 10:16 am and every half hour from 3:16pm. For more information on bus routes please visit www.maxx.co.nz
On Foot to Fort Takapuna from North Head:
Walking (one way) to Fort Takapuna will take approximately half an hour and is a beautiful waterfront stroll. After exploring North Head take the north facing steps down the side of the mountain facing the Hauraki Gulf. At the bottom of the stairs you will come out onto Cheltenham beach, popular with locals and visitors for swimming, strolling and relaxing. Walk right along Cheltenham beach to the end and take the Bath Street exit to your left. To the left on Vauxhall road you will see a few shops and cafes. If you want to pick up some treats for a picnic visit one of Devonport’s best-kept secrets, Châteaubriant. Châteaubriant is an authentic French café with delicious flaky pastries, tarts, crusty baguette sandwiches and delicious coffee. Alternatively, turn right and walk along Vauxhall Road and up the hill; continuing along until you see a naval barrack. Next to the barrack is a large grassed area, overlooking the sea is Fort Takapuna.
After your time at Fort Takapuna you can either take the bus or walk back to the Devonport Wharf. The 813 bus departs from the far end of Narrow Neck beach every half hour starting at 9:56am and will take you right back to the ferry building. If you choose to walk, head back along Vauxhall Road, walk down the hill, continue past the set of shops and take a right onto Albert Road. Continue along this road, walk past the round about and at the end turn left onto Victoria Road. Walk along Devonport’s high street back towards the sea and you’ll find yourself, once again outside the Devonport Wharf.