Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park (Savage Memorial) Tours
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At the top of Bastion Point, overlooking Waitemata Harbour, is the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. A monument to the legacy of New Zealand’s well-loved 23rd prime minister, the memorial is surrounded by a peaceful park with gardens and panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf—a perfect escape from the hectic inner city.
Michael Joseph Savage was New Zealand’s prime minister from 1935 until 1940, when he died of cancer at the age of 68. Savage was popular all through his time as PM, and is most remembered for leading the country into World War II and for spearheading a series of post-Depression reforms that laid the foundations for the modern New Zealand welfare state.
The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial was built shortly after his death; Savage’s body is interred in the central mausoleum. Towering above it is an obelisk from which you can enjoy stunning views of Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, Rangitoto Island, and more. The memorial also has a sunken garden, a reflecting pool, and a series of flower beds, and it is surrounded by an expansive open park where you can walk, picnic, or play a game of rugby or cricket. Many Auckland city tours pass by or stop in the memorial park.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park is ideal for history buffs and those looking for a quiet urban respite.
- Bring sunscreen in summer and raincoats in winter to protect yourself from the elements.
- The living Maori village of Orākei, with Orākei Marae at its center, is located on the park’s southern edge.
- The memorial is a short walk from Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium (to the west) and the shops and coastal cafés in Mission Bay (to the east).
- The many stairs around the memorial and its nearby gardens may make it difficult for people with mobility issues to navigate.
How to Get There
The memorial is a short drive east from Queen Street via the coastal Tamaki Drive. Alternatively, some city buses from Commerce Street travel out to Mission Bay. You can also walk along Tamaki Drive to the memorial; it’s about a 90-minute walk from Queen Street.
When to Get There
Visit the park on a sunny weekend day. This out-of-the-way destination is a great place to explore while Auckland’s central business district is crowded with shoppers, and the views of the city are stunning if the sun is high and the sky is cloudless.
Bastion Point’s Place in the New Zealand Story
Savage was initially buried in a historical gun bunker on Bastion Point; the memorial was built around him. But Bastion Point, or Takaparawhā, was originally Ngāti Whātua land that the New Zealand government confiscated from the iwi (tribe). In the 1970s, Maori activists occupied Bastion Point to protest a proposal to build mansions on the land; the 507-day occupation was a landmark protest in New Zealand history.
Address: MJ Savage Memorial Park, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park (Savage Memorial)
Step off the tourist trail and discover hidden corners of New Zealand’s largest city on this Auckland express bus tour. Travel with your guide to One Tree Hill, Mt. Eden Volcano, the Wintergardens, Parnell Village, and the historic Holt Trinity Church. Visit Bastion Point for panoramic views over Waitemata Harbour, delve into Auckland’s rich maritime history, see a working farm in action, and gain insight into the native Maori heritage for which New Zealand is famous.
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Explore Auckland and its surroundings with your own private guide for a personalized look at this beautiful part of New Zealand’s North Island. Tour the city center and see Waitemata Harbour from MJ Memorial Park. Check out Auckland Domain and take a walk on Mt. Eden. You'll go to rainforest, volcanic sand beaches, and waterfalls, and hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the tour.
Tour Auckland in style on this half-day, chauffeur-driven private tour. While your driver will take you to the city’s highlights—such as the Harbour Bridge, Queen Street, and Mission Bay—you can also request to stop wherever you like, to further explore and to take pictures. An ideal central-city tour for travelers short on time in the City of Sails who want to see as much as possible.
Make the most of the little time you have on shore in Auckland with this concise tour that takes you all across Auckland. Rather than staying around the crowds in the central city, head out to spots like Bastion Point, Mt Eden and One Tree Hill and enjoy panoramic views of the Auckland landscape and the Hauraki Gulf. Visit landmarks like the Wintergardens and the Harbor Bridge and experience the full range of suburbs and green spaces in Auckland.
Enjoy a convenient half-day (3.5 hours) private tour for your group of up to 9 people. This tour is designed for travellers with just a short time in the City. "See twice as much in half the time" as your local kiwi guide shows you what makes the ‘City of Sails’ so special. Enjoy panoramic views, see volcanoes and learn about Maori culture. Gain local knowledge on the best shopping, cuisine and hangouts while covering the best sights with plenty of stops for photos. We can tailor the 3.5 hours to suit your personal preferences, likes and dislikes. We can also pick up and drop you off when it suits you, and where it suits you.
Known as the city of sails, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and certainly the busiest, discover this multicultural hub on a half-day Auckland city tour where we will take you around Auckland's popular spots including One Tree Hill, Bastion Point and Mount Eden, all great spots to see Auckland's skyline and harbour
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What's the best way to experience Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park (Savage Memorial)?
The best ways to experience Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park (Savage Memorial) are:
- Auckland Express Tour (3 hour)- A personalised introduction
- Private Tour: Auckland City and Countryside Tour
- Half-Day Auckland City Highlights
- Shore Excursion Auckland Introduction Tour (3 Hours)
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