High in the hills surrounding Wellington, tucked away slightly off the beaten track, you can find the remains of one of the World War II Heavy Anti-aircraft Artillery batteries. The role of the Heavy Anti-aircraft Artillery (HAA) guns was to defend against enemy airborne threat. The batteries were constructed from mid 1942 to early 1943 and manned from January 1943 to September 1944 – but luckily did not have to go into action.
There were another twenty-one HAA batteries built at other locations around New Zealand but of the six built in Wellington, only 3 of those remain. The other two are located on Matiu/Somes Island and Point Halswell in the Greater Wellington Region. Each HAA had a crew of 10-12 men and were equipped with 10 ton, 3.7” calibre guns firing 10-12 rounds per minute.
Today, these abandoned and graffitied structures is one of my personal favourite spots in Wellington, and is definitely the best seat in the house. It is a great spot to take a little something to snack on and soak up the amazing unspoilt view of Wellington.
I’m proud to call this my home!