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Devonport North Head Tunnels - Part 4

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 in the north bunker have rooms with lighting and excellent reverb. The hill top has great views of Hauraki Gulf and the city.

Weather Update (Fri 11pm): Metservice forecast for Saturday: "Fine. Northeaste breezes. (sun symbol)". No rain is currently forecast.

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.

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

Where we will play:
(See DOC map)
- We will try round room in North Battery first.
- If these are closed we may try nearby gun emplacements on northeast side of hill (next to "h" of "North Battery" on map), or 6 Inch Battery further up hill.
- We may also try South Battery on other side of hill.

Time Guideline:
- 13:30 - Good time to arrive at North Head, meet and greet
- 13:45 - Start to set up and play in North Battery
- 16:00 - Approx finish, perhaps go to cafe in Devonport

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) It is best to arrive at 1:30pm or earlier. We will look to start playing at 1:45pm. If you arrive late, it may not be easy to find us. Arriving early is good :-)
(2) We may be there for about 2 hours but anyone is free to stay longer or leave earlier.
(3) No special musical ability is required. Anyone can join in on perc
(4) 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.
(5) As this is a public place, members of the public are likely to wander in and out and may even join in the music.
(6) If you would like a ride or you can offer a ride from any part of Auckland, you can mention this in your RSVP comment and contact each other to arrange carpooling.

Are you interested to attend? :-)

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  • Martin

    May be better in warmer weather - bit too much reverb after a while : )

    August 26, 2012

  • Mark

    Laid back

    August 26, 2012

  • Mary

    Great accustics in the tunnels :)

    August 25, 2012

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