New Zealand's Coastal Defences

Welcome to NZ Coastal Defences website. This website aims to illustrate the fortifications built to defend New Zealand from 1885 onwards. Each fort is given a short history accompanied by layout maps and historic photos from a variety of sources.

As of 2017 entries have been completed for all forts in the main cities. Draft entries have been created for the secondary ports with location maps, but the text and photos are still to come.

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