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Durie Hill Elevator

Wanganui, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 18 attractions in Wanganui
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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English first
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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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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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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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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26 attraction reviews
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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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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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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

There is only one other place in the world where you get up a hill in this fashion. (My understanding is that it is in Portugal). At the river end of the main shopping area cross the river bridge and you'tl find a tunnel. At the end of this tunnel, perhaps 200 metres, you'll find an elevator (or lift if... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The tunnel and the elevator are kind of cool, and the history as well as the knowledge that it's the only one left like it was pretty cool too... don't forget to stop at the beginning of the tunnel and do the face match game with the carvings outside. But the real attraction is the tower up top, particularly if... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Three nice experiances in one outing. Kids loved standing at the end of the long underground tunnel and hearing the echo bounce back from 200 plus mtrs clear as day. Then we climbed the steel spiral steps on top of the elevator building for a great view of city and river, the wall memorial 100mtrs away beckoned and 174 stone... More

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