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When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in December 1941 it sent a shockwave throughout the Pacific, and as it became clear they intended to take over as much of the region as possible, New Zealand scrambled to build dozens of coastal defense batteries to repel a possible invasion. Harrington Point was a perfect location for one – it’s right at the narrowest point of the Otago Harbour entrance, looking over a channel just a couple of hundred metres across.

From the road at the top of the hill, there’s no sign of any fortifications, which is why so many people have no idea this site exists. But as you follow the track down through the abundant gorse bushes, it doesn’t take long to find the first of the old gun turrets :

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This is a full mission with all the elements of a good Sunday Drive locked and loaded. A beautiful Dunedin afternoon? Check. A mysterious yet scenic location? Aw yeah. Full carload of mission crew? A double plus. Amanda and I are joined by two gorgeous co-stars – the first Jane from the Sci Comm department (you may remember her from such previous bloggings as Murdering Beach). Lovely soul that she is, Jane has gone all-out with provisions for the trip – not only wine and chocolate, but a thermos of coffee as well. Champion!

Me? I brought a dog – internet, meet Seven :

Yip, she’s a cutie. Seven actually belongs to my cousin Paul, but he’s at work and I haven’t got the heart to leave her at home in her pen. It proves to be a popular move – Jane and Amanda are instantly smitten and Seven, who can never get enough attention or lick enough faces, is ecstatic. But little did we know the cute animal encounters were only just beginning…

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