So I'm a big aviation enthusiast like most here but something I am very passionate about is "bunkers" and coastal defenses in New Zealand. There does not seem to be an existing thread for such a thing or even a place online to talk about installations and remains, so I am wondering what category would it go under or would it go here in general?
Thank you very much sir! My first order of business would be linking the excellent website: Coastal Defences which is so far the best online database for New Zealand's anti ship and aircraft batteries. However it is in my opinion sorely lacking complementary installations such as Radar stations and Observation Posts, Minefield Control points, Command posts and other strategic defence linked sites. Still, such a site is a good reference and hopefully can be grown.
Anyways feel free to use this topic to post any memories, photos etc. about "Bunkers." There is more remaining than people think and even the smallest insight can help sites be found or understood and documented better. Just like aircraft, bunkers suffered widespread destruction as they were deemed worthless or in the way of progress, 1970 was the peak of demolition with coordinated and expensive efforts to erase structures. Even in the 2000s surviving camp buildings have been demolished a example being Fort Dorset which is now wealthy housing. Unlike aircraft, bunkers have not really taken off as things to preserve, so a topic to discuss what existed previously and what exists now seems fitting.
To kick things off, a very random Bunker is this one I spotted near Beacon Hill to the right of the Signal Station:
Edit: The Bunker is mid left, right and 45 degrees up from the Port War Signal Station
Now, I already knew about and have visited the Port war Signal Station but this second one I have not heard of, a trench can be seen leading into it so it likely is a semi buried Observation Post. Sadly the area is filled with housing but like always there is a chance part remains, last time I was there I remember seeing some half buried concrete.
Last Edit: Aug 18, 2021 12:56:10 GMT 12 by axelford