A view of the Waitematā Harbour looking nort-west towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge
Bastion Point seen from the fishing pier jutting out into the Waitematā Harbour.
The entrance to Ōrākei Marae
The Auckland City skyline from the Waitematā Harbour
A marae on Takaparawhau in the 1890s.
The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial
The eastern edge of Herne Bay, one of the wooded beach reserves typical of the harbour.
Bastion Point activist campaign at Nambassa alternatives festival 1981.
A container ship sailing out of the harbour
Grave and memorial near Bastion Point.
The Auckland waterfront, one of the most popular areas of Waitematā Harbour
The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
A sketch by John Johnson (1794-1848) of Waitematā Harbour as seen from the suburb of Ponsonby
Waitematā Harbour with the Sky Tower and Maungawhau / Mount Eden (behind Sky Tower) in the centre, as seen from the North Shore somewhere between Bayswater Marina (left) and the Harbour Bridge (out of frame, to the right).

Takaparawhau / Bastion Point is a coastal piece of land in Ōrākei, Auckland, New Zealand, overlooking the Waitematā Harbour.

- Bastion Point

It is located on a peninsula five kilometres to the east of the city centre, on the shore of the Waitematā Harbour, which lies to the north, and Hobson Bay and Ōrākei Basin, two arms of the Waitematā, which lie to the west and south.

- Ōrākei

Takaparawhau / Bastion Point is a coastal piece of land in Ōrākei.

- Ōrākei

Its entrance is between North Head and Bastion Point in the south.

- Waitematā Harbour

Prior to European settlement, the harbour was the site of many Tāmaki Māori pā and kāinga, including Kauri Point in Chatswood, Okā at Point Erin, Te Tō at Freemans Bay, Te Ngahuwera, Te Rerenga-oraiti at Point Britomart, and Ōrākei.

- Waitematā Harbour

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The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

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Auckland-based Māori hapū in New Zealand.

Auckland-based Māori hapū in New Zealand.

The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
The entrance to Ōrākei Marae, the cultural hub for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Soon after signing Te Tiriti, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the primary hapū and landowner in Tāmaki Makaurau, made a tuku (strategic gift) of 3,500 acres (1,400 hectares) of land on the Waitematā Harbour to Hobson, the new Governor of New Zealand, for the new capital.

The 700-acre Ōrākei block was all that remained.

In the 1970s Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei played a leading role in a dispute over vacant land at Bastion Point / Takaparawhau, east of the Auckland city centre, adjoining the suburb of Ōrākei.