Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Russell

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Climb the well-maintained path through regenerating coastal forest to the summit of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, where you can enjoy sweeping vistas overlooking the Bay of Islands. Close to the top, you'll pass a vast sundial with a mosaic base, commemorating the Institute of Surveyors Centennial. At the peak, the eponymous flagpole towers above you, and a plaque explains the history behind the hill's name. The British colonial government was the first to erect a flag here in 1840. Hone Heke, a local Māori chief, regarded the Union Jack flying over the bay as a symbol of the loss of Māori control in the area. Under Heke's command, Māori cut down the flagstaff four times between 1844 and 1845. Years later, the Māori planted a fifth and final flag as a symbol of reconciliation with the British. Keep your eyes peeled for the kiwis that populate the area, although the shy flightless birds are expert at hiding from passersby. Plan to visit Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve during your Russell vacation using our convenient Russell route planner .
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  • This heritage site is well worth a visit with superb views over Russell and the Bay. Best time to visit is in the morning.  more »
  • The views from the top of Flagstaff hill give a wonderful panorama of much of the Bay of Islands. We drove up there, the road is pretty narrow, have to reverse if something is coming the other way. So...  more »
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