Views from an internationally significant historical site

A short section of just over a kilometre following the route of the old Pakiri Road. A view from nearly 1000 feet (290m) above Te Rere Bay - just north of Goat Island over the extents of the Hauraki Gulf. This very site has an international historical significance. Experiments using RADAR in 1948 established the science of radio astronomy and has become a place of pilgrimage for leading scientists in the field.

There is still public access along the old road which recently was saved from privatisation by strong local concern.

This section lies parallel and above the main Pakiri Road. From the end of Rodney Road it can be accessed by crossing over Pakiri Road and then 200m along J Greenwood Road opposite.

The Sea Cliff Interferometer at Pakiri Hill. The Cosmic Noise Expedition to NZ in 1948 by John Bolton and Gordon Stanley  Woody Sullivan writes : “ The short paper by Bolton, Stanley and Slee (1949 in Nature)  was one of the most important in early radio astronomy, presenting a first plausible link between ‘galactic noise’ and traditional astronomy.”

The Sea Cliff Interferometer at Pakiri Hill. The Cosmic Noise Expedition to NZ in 1948 by John Bolton and Gordon Stanley

Woody Sullivan writes : “The short paper by Bolton, Stanley and Slee (1949 in Nature) was one of the most important in early radio astronomy, presenting a first plausible link between ‘galactic noise’ and traditional astronomy.”