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Durie Hill Elevator

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Such a fun way to spend an hour

There's not many places where the kids can have lots of fun for $1. The Durie Hill elevator which was built around 1909 has a long tunnel which has the most amazing acoustics. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The elevator was not working the day we went so we had to drive to the Tower. About 170 steps to the top but nice views of the surrounding area. Could do with some information boards to tell you what you are looking at in the distance.

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Taranaki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

There's not many places where the kids can have lots of fun for $1. The Durie Hill elevator which was built around 1909 has a long tunnel which has the most amazing acoustics. The echo is amazing and very amusing. The elevator arrives promptly on request and its a very quick trip through the hill. At the top is the... More 

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Wanganui
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A unique experience in The Southern Hemisphere. This elevator travels up the centre of Durie Hill. There are magnificent views over Whanganui and the river mouth from the elevator entrance and on top of the 2 towers.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

It's a bit rickety but a lot of fun. $2 each. Then you get to climb up the 176 steps of the Durie Hill Tower for fab views up and down the river and across to the city.

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This has been on my bucket list to do on a visit to Wanganui for some time. The tunnel is a gently incline into the side of a hill. It is well lit and "feels" safe, although it is maybe only 2m wide and 3m high. Tunnels aren't comfortable spaces for me. Nevertheless I sucked it up and headed in.... More 

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Fast and cheap (2 dollars, have cash) way on getting up the hill from town. No view in the elevator what so ever ( is like a box, stay away if you are claustrophobic).

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

If it is a clear day, and you are wanting great photos of Whanganui town, and river out to the ocean and over towards Ruapehu and Taranaki mountains, go on the Durie Hill Elevator, and up to the look out, you wont be disappointed

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We have always enjoyed taking visitors to this unique feature. Start by walking through the hill tunnel , kids love the echoes, then take the elevator ride. Then choose between climbing the spiral staircase up the Memorial Tower. Those less fit or wishing to video the view access the top of the elevator roof. The view is from Ruapehu to... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

If you want a unique introspective experience, walk the tunnel by yourself! A very surreal walk into the hillside to the "push for elevator" button. Be sure to have some change for the willy wonka elevator ride! Amazing!

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Te Kuiti, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We didn't go up the elevator, we went up the other tower. I actually climbed the 100+ stairs to the top. The view is amazing.

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