Bastion Point
Bastion Point
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
We lived in auckland for over 12 years and visited nearly everywhere, but on a visit back we looked at Bastion Point. The views are goos and the garden around the monument was nice, but I could have survived without seeing it. If I did it again would have walked up the stairs from Mission Bay.
Written February 17, 2021
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A park set on a rise overlooking the sea. There are a number of sculptures and the Michael Savage memorial. Great views over the sea and plenty of space.
Written November 20, 2022
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Mostafa A
Giza, Egypt2,506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It is a beautiful green area where you feel calm and peaceful Also it is a great photo spot as the view is spectacular
Written January 13, 2020
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Kaye C
Auckland, New Zealand63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Always worth a visit, especially with a cafe on site. Shame that Auckland Council did not put a drinking fountain on the refurbished toilet block - water would be welcome after a climb up the hill for walkers.
Written December 29, 2019
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Tucson20,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Sometimes people reach their saturation point when so much has been taken that the breaking point is reached. In the word of Popeye, these Maori stood up and said: "that's all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." That's pretty much the Maori position here. And if things could have (and most likely would have) gone in another direction, their meager resistance and protest would have amounted to merely "spitting in the wind" (and in the face of authority). But this is their story and we all have them to thank for the preservation of amazing Bastion Point.

Looking around, off in the distance there is a Wharenui (a sacred place in Maori) peaked structure set upon the green and grassy plains of God's own creation which is relatively unspoiled. The sacred Maori structure is far off in the distance and probably would entail a half-hour hike to the site (but it is pretty clearly visible from the Point).

Bastion Point overlooks Waitemata Harbour and the views are among the best in Auckland. The drive up to the Point and to the MJ Savage Monument winds its way through the greenest grass imaginable.

In 1978, the ball was "in play." The illegal (?) occupation by the Maori was meant to preserve their cultural/sacred place and began as a protest against the government's desire to sell the land off to the highest bidder for development purposes.

Maori tribal leaders felt otherwise. This land had been their ancestral fishing and farming lands since the beginning of their time. Once upon a time, the land had been "borrowed" for use as a military vantage point but, when that purpose came to an end, somehow returning it to the rightful owners was not in the equation.

For 507 days of occupation, the tribal coalition held out but those in power who wielded bigger clubs and more clout succeeded in driving them from their land. The ensuing ruckus was loud, permeated NZ's societal fabric, and fell on sympathetic ears. In 1980 the land wa returned to the Maori. Chalk one up for the indigenous people: their triumph is a gift to us all.

MJ Savage is an historic figure (Prime Minister #23) who had sympathies for the Maori and was seen as a man who advanced their positions and claims. His final resting place is on these Maori lands that the Maori generously share with us all.

Sometimes the underdogs win.
Written March 21, 2019
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bosspark
Auckland Central, New Zealand59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Here you can see waitemata, Rangitoto island and Auckland sky line before mission bay. There is a monument commemorating the first Labor Prime Minister Michael Joseph Beaujjis (Mar 23,1872 - Mar 27,1940). The Bastion point was not a Marori, but a demonstration of the Maori protest in 1970 against forced land destruction by New Zealanders It is the most memorable place in New Zealand's history. The beautiful pagoda and the beautiful garden on the main surface are beautiful with the sea and the clouds. Let's close your eyes for a moment, listen to the wind, and listen.
Written March 4, 2018
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chris w
Gainsborough, UK241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
On a good day this is a great spot for a picnic. Good views out to sea and worth a visit. However, if you don't have a picnic or similar there is not much else to do and you would only need half an hour to an hour.
Written February 10, 2018
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Teresa T
Brunswick West, Australia75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Nice view and great walk to Mission Bay! We took the hop on hop off bus - worth the trip here! Lots of great eateries and view is great even though it is winter!
Written June 17, 2017
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haileythegolden
Edmonton, Canada3,080 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We got off at bastion point on the hop on hop off bus, wonderful views of the city and mission bay. The memorial is with a look. You can walk down the path to mission beach, about a 15 minute walk, steep downgrade but difficult walk back.
Written February 27, 2017
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Yasodha
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We went there after seeing the aquarium. Bastion point is just a short walk from there. It is a quiet place to relax and unwind. You will get a lovely view of the Rangitoto island & Auckland CBD.
Written October 1, 2023
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