A short steep walk from the upper level of the Botanic Gardens delivers sweeping views of Napier and surrounding district. During World War II and the fear of a Japanese invasion Hawke’s Bay’s coastal defences were strengthened. In 1942, two 6-inch Mark 7 guns were installed in concrete emplacements on a commanding position in the Bluff Hill Domain above the port of Napier. The barracks for the 77 Battery 10 Coast Regiment NZA gunners were located behind the battery. A plaque, set into a rock garden on the lookout describes the atmosphere of the time.
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