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Durie Hill Elevator

Wanganui, New Zealand
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Wanganui
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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New Plymouth
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Worth doing. Ask iSite for directions. $2- for adults $1- for children. Nice old world feel and great tunnel.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

First there is the big long tunnel leading to a rather special 'magic cupboard' (otherwise known as an Elevator) but my grandson's think it is a magic cupboard because it takes you up and up to a magical view of Whanganui. The War Memorial Tower is great to climb too!

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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

What a view. Well worth the walk and climb up. Lots of steps to get up to the top but well worth it.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We walked to the top of the elevator tower to see the view of Wanganui. view was great. Got the heart & lungs working. Got back to the bottom and then realised there was another higher tower behind us! Ha! So we walked another 176 steps more. View was incredible!

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Durie Hill elevator is a lot of fun, most of it to be had in tunnel leading to it. The echoes are amazing and kids would enjoy it. It takes a few minutes to walk it, but its flat all the way. You then have to call the lift at the end and take the minute ride to the top.... More

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

where else can you do this.. how cool to walk the tunnel.. and then the view!.. what a beautiful city, a must for everyone.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Loved this, the lady that takes you on your ride has been doing the same job for over 40 years, a lovely lady, who knows all the history. Well worth doing

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A ride in this 1916 elevator or lift must have been well ahead of its time! The view from the top of the lift tower of the river and township are great, and even better if you climb the memorial tower just up the road. At $2 a trip is well worth it.

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Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

My parents moved to wanganui in the late 40s and our life began we used the durie hill lift every day for school and work I worked as a telegram delivery boy so when we left wanganui in the early60s to Auckland which was sad but I and my wife returned to wanganui and lived in the next street from... More

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Whangamata, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Unfortunately the elevator was under maintenance and we could not wait to use it. Drove up the hill instead and enjoyed the magnificent views - minus the experience of using the elevator!

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