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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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a great activity if you are interested in Kiwi history. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the tunnels. The staff were very helpful. It's important to be aware that there is a lot of restoration still to go on the tunnels, but it is great to see what has been done so far. Sneakers are recommended as there is a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The local volunteers have done a great job in cleaning up the tunnels and general area. I hope there is a benevolent historian out there to help professionalise and recreate a more engaging space. The walk from the carpark to the entrance provides stunning scenery and look outs and well worth it.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I like to walk the tracks so I think it was a good 30 minute walk, but after a certain point there were no sign borads as to which is the correct route as there were 2 roads leading to different places and we took the wrong road till the end and then had to walk back again.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Tunnels that the locals have reclaimed and can be traversed ofr hundreds of metres along with every snippet of history and photo they have. The 20 min walk across farm path to this attraction is worth every moment plus the tunnels plus the most marvellous views across the Hauraki gulf. We think this is an absolute must do whilst on... More 

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