Stony Batter Historic Reserve – Waiheke Island

Hauraki Gulf and Islands

Stony Batter Historic Reserve – Waiheke Island
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​Stony Batter Historic Reserve, at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, is named for its unusual rocky outcrops and is the site of extensive tunnels and gun emplacements dating back to WWII.

​This short walk combines fascinating history and the beautiful scenery Waiheke Island is famous for. It’s accessible all year round and is perfect for all ages. 

Walk details


  • Explore the gun emplacements.
  • The reserve also features remarkable rock outcrops, native bush remnants and outstanding views of the Hauraki Gulf.
  • There are a number of other longer walks that incorporate Stony Batter Historic Reserve, allowing you to explore more of the island.

Need to know

  • The short walk from the main car park walk to the reserve is approximately 15 minutes.
  • For safety reasons, it is no longer possible to explore the tunnels. 


Outdoor Safety Code

  1. Plan your trip
  2. Tell someone
  3. Be aware of the weather
  4. Know your limits
  5. Take sufficient supplies

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Learn how to minimise your environmental impact while enjoying natural and cultural heritage areas.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and walk on marked tracks
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Eliminate the risk of fire
  6. Respect wildlife and farm animals
  7. Be considerate of others

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