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Stony Batter

Address: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A long walk through lovely countryside to get there however much too far for little kids or the elderly. Not at all cheap all things considered. I wonder if the long walk is not thre so that you dont change your mind about pay the fee. Interesting tunnel system but be very careful as steep staircases have no handrails. Downright... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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143 reviews 143 reviews
66 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It was a big effort to walk to the site with our two young children (3 and 6 years old). It was solid 45 min walk one way. Kids were tired but happy as it is nice walk. The tunnel system is quite interesting. Kids were little bit scared at first but quickly got use to it. Bring your own... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Note the many reviews here that say getting there is more interesting than the venue. Unfortunately "getting there" means a long drive on horribly corrugated gravel roads and then, bizarrely, no vehicle access to the venue. Instead, one must leave the car at the gate and continue on foot for a further half hour - despite a road going all... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

Though it took a lot of effort ad time to get to the site, we found the visit very worth our trouble. The site was much larger and more interesting than others we had visited at Northhead. We were given a map to follow and the route was marked with educational photos and commentaries. The sheep and other animals in... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We drove to stony batter. We found the road challenging as constant bumps in the gravel. Maybe it was getting ready to be fixed the views were good but the drive slow. Rental cars were going faster. From the car park its a nice walk to the site. We were greeted by the pet sheep. The dheep lady and two... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Sadly this attraction has been allowed to 'return to the wild' and there is not much to see anymore. It is supposed to be open until 4pm and no one was there at 3pm. I was last there 7-8yrs ago and it was quite a different experience :-(

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is a must see on Waiheki. You need a sunny day to really enjoy the walk up from Opopo bay which is a steep but beautiful path. The array of large stones thrown up by an explosive volcano many millenia ago is remarkable. The tunnels are great food for thought.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is obviously a labour of love for the volunteers who are restoring and managing this attraction. It is not what you would call a sophisticated attraction, and the 'customer service' is somewhat lacking, in a quaint, old-fashioned, Kiwi way. But the tunnels and gun emplacements, and their role in the WWII coastal defence system, are really interesting. Be prepared... More 

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Auckland
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125 reviews 125 reviews
31 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Our fault - did very little research before setting off on a beautiful sunny day. The walk from the car to the tunnels is a 30 min - around 3km walk on a gravel road - note to self - wear the right shoes. It is a nice walk but good to know if you have very young or elderly... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you can get out to the eastern end of Waiheke Island then Stony Batter will make for a great half day family walk/adventure and/or picnic. With it's incongruous mix of Druid stones and WWII gun emplacements, there is something magical and mysterious about this corner of the island Off the track there are some great views to be had... More 

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