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Address: Wanganui, New Zealand

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A panoramic view of Wanganui

The Durie Hill Elevator was originally built to entice town members to take up residence on a steep hill across the Wanganui River. It still serves those residents but also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Durie Hill Elevator was originally built to entice town members to take up residence on a steep hill across the Wanganui River. It still serves those residents but also provides access to the war memorial tower on top of the hill. Traversing the circular staircase within the tower rewards you with a sweeping panoramic view of the Wanganui River... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Long tunnel through the mountain, easily accessible for even wheelchairs. Lift to the top was not too long. The tower at the top that was built to commemorate the locals involved in WW1 was worth the visit as well. Nearly 200 spiral steps to the viewing platform made one puff and pant, but worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Visit this place. It's a wonderful piece of history and when you walk to the top it's a wonderful unique view of Whanganui.

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Potsdam, New York, United States
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24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This old elevator starts at the end of a long underground tunnel and goes up through a hill to a look out on top. The look out has a great view of the area. For $2, it is well worth going up, and walking down the long staircase.

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Wellington New Zealand
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9 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This fascinated me sixty years ago and it's still fun today. A long tunnel with, at the end, a public lift yo the hill top with two towers to climb each with panoramic views for miles. Built as a real transport option for the suburb, not as a tourist attraction, it has survived thanks to its unexpected glow of tourist... More 

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Its the only elevator in the southern hemisphere that goes through the middle of a hill! There is a cost but it is a minimal expense for maximum experience. Its a quaint throwback to a time when elevators had metal grilling and an attendant to operate... it's cool and well worth it! Take a trip through the tunnel off Anzac... More 

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My grandkids loved the tunnel walk into the lift..........lovely echoes ! Old fashioned lift to the top of the hill for a great view over Wanganui. You can climb up the tower for an even better view.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A good little diversion. Never been in anything like it anywhere. You walk for a minute or 2 along a tunnel into a hill at street level, then push the button & the clanking begins. Miraculously an ancient lift appears & for a ridiculously cheap ticket price the operator (Yes, as in the Olde days) shuts the contraption behind you... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A $2 ride to the top on a clunky elevator circa 1916. After a long walk through the tunnel, push the button and the elevator will grind it's way down driven by a dear old lady. Worth the ride to the top but an easy walk down the hill. The views from the top are fantastic and the ride is... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We visited the Durie Hill Elevator, after walking up the 176 steps of the adjacent tower. That is also worth a visit. The elevator takes you underground where you walk along an underground tunnel about 100 metres long. It is clean and well lit and all concreted. Looks a little like an underground bunker. It was built in 1916 and... More 

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