As well as the albatross nesting on Taiaroa Head ( Royal Albatross Centre) the area is also home to the world’s only working Armstrong Disappearing Gun.
I had no idea what a ‘disappearing gun’ was, but it seems it got its name by recoiling back into the pit by the force of the firing of it.
As well as seeing the gun in its underground circular pit I was also a good place to see other albatross nests that are unseen from the observation room I’d been in earlier. ( see more on my blog)
Facts for you gun enthusiasts:
- 1886 manufactured in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
- 1889 installed in Otago
- 6-inch breechloading gun on a hydro-pneumatic carriage
- weight 18.6 ton
- range *km ( 8,800 yards)
So, if you are a gun or history buff make sure you add the Fort Tour to your bird watching!