North Head Tunnels in Devonport - Part 3

We are going back to North Head Reserve in Devonport to play music inside the underground tunnels there. If the weather is fine we may play on top of the hill too. The underground tunnels on the north side have rooms with lighting and excellent reverb. The hill top has great views of Hauraki Gulf and the city.

Maps:
- DOC map of North Head Historical Reserve 
- Google satellite map of North Head

Meeting Place:
- We'll meet at the carpark on the north side of North Head, and gather near the tunnel entrance at the east end of the carpark (see DOC map of North Head and photo of tunnel entrance on right).
- Access to North Head Reserve is via Takarunga Road.
- Driving directions from harbour bridge to carpark here.
- If you don't have transport, you can ferry from Downtown to Devonport and walk 1.7km to North Head (directions from Devonport wharf here).
- Takarunga Road goes up to entrance of North Head Reserve, then left to the north side carpark, then sharp right to the south side.
- If the small north side car park is full there is more parking space further south.

Where we will play:
(See DOC map of North Head)
- We will try North Battery tunnels first.
- If these are closed we may try gun emplacements on east side of hill (next to "h" of "North Battery" on map), 6 Inch Battery further up hill, or other bunkers on hill.

Time Guideline:
- 15:15 - Good time to arrive at North Head, meet and greet.
- 15:30 - Start to play 
- 17:30 - Approx finish
  

Bring:
- musical instruments (if you have any)
- any household objects that can make interesting sounds
- glass bottle (for blowing over top, if you can find one)
- a mat, cushion, etc, to sit on concrete floor or grass 
- some food and drink
- torch (for optional exploring darker tunnels)

Notes:
(1) We will look to start playing at 3:30pm. Arriving early is good :-)
(2) If you arrive late, you may have to find where we are.
(3) We may be there for about 2 hours but anyone is free to stay longer or leave earlier.
(4) No special musical ability is required. Even complete beginners can join in group music!
(5) Some of us met and played music there on 27 November 2010. We played in the big round room which seemed to have the most reverb - especially ideal for voice, wind instruments, and ethereal music. This had lighting and was relatively clean.
(6) As this is a public place, members of the public are likely to wander in and out and may even join in the music (a few did last time).
(7) If you would like a ride or you can offer a ride from any area of Auckland, you can mention this in your RSVP comment and contact each other to arrange carpooling.

See you there :-)

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  • Jowe

    fab day! :)

    October 17, 2011

  • Leisha

    Beautiful day inspired some great and unique sounds both inside and outside. Amazing views of beach and hills! Next time maybe summer picnic?? Thanks for organising Stephen

    October 16, 2011

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