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Stony Batter

Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Very interesting and definitely worth a visit if you have an hour or two to kill on Waiheke. Would be a good wet weather option. The tunnels are about a 20 minute walk from the carpark. Make sure you have cash. We found the old lady who was manning the entrance quite grumpy and unhelpful. We had brought our own... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This site is worth the pleasant walk, as long as it isn't raining. Once you arrive at the site, you will see the remnants of various buildings used by the military during the war era. The highlight for everyone would be the tunnel system which you explore with torch lights and a map supplied by the staff at the entrance.... More

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Leeds UK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

It is a long drive on unpaved road then quite a long walk to Stony Batter itself. The site has been developed by a group of enthusiasts who work hard. They are knowledgeable about the tunnels and about the defence of NZ. They have a small museum. Not as interesting as some areas but worth encouraging the volunteers

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Sydney
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

An very interesting place to visit. You'll need a car and make sure you arrive at least an hour before close time (4pm) to give it a decent crack

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Co Armagh, NI
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

All the tunnels we explored were closed to the outside and we were only allowed the short tour as we apparently we didn't allow enough time for the full one. Very interesting historically but could do with some investment.

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Birchwood, WI
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76 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We did a wine tour that left Auckland at around one PM and returned back around six PM ( we had some choices of times to catch the ferry back to Auckland). We toured three wineries and they were all beautiful and the hosts were very friendly. We walked around the main town area (not too much to see here),... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We took our kids along to check out the tunnels and weren't disappointed! The lady that greeted us was great. The tunnels were "creepy but exciting" and the stairs sure were a good workout ;)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We went as a family ,four of us.Really enjoyed the whole experience. Beautiful sea views and rolling hills with special granite boulders protruding out of the landscape . My daughters boyfriend and I are interested in engineering etc and were amazed at how the whole site had been designed, engineered and constructed,especially in such an isolated place.The plaques and the... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

If you're a WW2 buff, this is an excellent place to visit. If you enjoy history, a nice walk and don't mind confine spaces either, make sure you pay a visit to the tunnels. Don't worry too much about bringing a torch - there are very good ones provided on site made by an enthusiastic volunteer, so it doesn't harm... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We went on Sunday and I thought I will pay the few $ for 3 of us to go through the tunnels. Originally I didn't want to as I'm clautrophobic. However, when we everntually got there - the walk there is pretty nice though - we were greeted by this really sour old lady. My husband asked her how to... More

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