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Fortifications at Mt Victoria, Auckland

Fortifications at Mt Victoria, Auckland

Although New Zealand is far from most conflicts, its long coastline and dependence on sea-borne trade have periodically made New Zealanders feel vulnerable. In the 1880s a ‘Russian scare’ (when Russia was threatening British interests in North India) led to the building of elaborate coastal forts such as these on Auckland’s Mt Victoria. The site overlooks the entrance to Waitematā Harbour, and is now a reserve.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - New Zealand in the world', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016