Politics, harbour views and lush lawns combine on this pretty headland with a chequered history. An elaborate clifftop garden mausoleum honours Michael Joseph Savage (1872–1940), the country’s first Labour prime minister, whose socialist reforms left him adored by the populace. Follow the lawn to a WWII gun embankment – one of many that line the harbour.

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Nearby Auckland attractions

1. Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium

0.48 MILES

In this topsy-turvy aquarium sharks and stingrays swim over and around you in transparent tunnels that were once stormwater tanks. You can also enter the…

2. North Head

1.52 MILES

North Head was a Māori pā and is still a fortress of sorts, with the navy maintaining a presence. It's riddled with tunnels, started at the end of the…

3. Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

1.54 MILES

The navy has been in Devonport since the earliest days of the colony. Its history is on display at this well-presented and often moving museum, focusing…

4. St Stephen’s Chapel

2.03 MILES

Tiny St Stephen's Chapel was built for the signing of the constitution of NZ's Anglican Church (1857).

5. Mt Victoria

2.04 MILES

Mt Victoria was a Māori pā and is still a fortress of sorts, with the navy maintaining a presence.

6. Achilles Point Lookout

2.11 MILES

A great vantage point for gazing over Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Traditional Māori carvings honour important historical chiefs.

7. Parnell Rose Garden

2.22 MILES

These formal gardens are blooming excellent from November to March. A stroll through Dove-Myer Robinson Park leads to peaceful Judges Bay and tiny St…

8. Holy Trinity Cathedral

2.51 MILES

Auckland's Anglican cathedral is a hodgepodge of architectural styles, especially compared to St Mary's Church next door, a wonderful wooden Gothic…