Just above Mahanga Bay is the fascinating remains of the coastal artillery battery - Fort Ballance. This was constructed in the late 1880’s because of fears of a Russian invasion (!!) It was the first fort built in Wellington and named after the Defense Minister of the day- John Ballance. This was Wellington's primary military fort until 1911 when Fort Dorset opened.
Although heavily covered with graffiti now, it is still an amazing structure of rooms