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Address: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Description: This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from...
This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.
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Nice hike to Stony Batter

Started out with a great ferry ride from downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island. We rented a car at the ferry landing from the very nice folks there. The drive across the island... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Norfolk, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The drive in might be a bit challenging to tourists not used to very corrugated gravel roads. Very nice walk in, but the signage is totally inadequate. Once there, one car but no people and no guidance visible. "Museum" was a bad joke, just a pile of faded photos stuck on the wall. No one round so went into the... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Started out with a great ferry ride from downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island. We rented a car at the ferry landing from the very nice folks there. The drive across the island was very scenic but the unpaved section of the road leading to Stony Batter was really rough. It's about a mile (maybe a bit more) hike from the... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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66 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
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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
4 helpful votes 4 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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