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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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Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Very interesting place. We visited on a perfect day in winter and walked the kilometer from the car park to the entrance where we were met by one of the very friendly staff there who are helping restore Stoney Batter. We had an interesting look through the tunnels and enjoyed the various informative displays throughout the structure. It is quite... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very interesting to see this historical site and envisage the work undertaken to build it all. Staff very helpful in appalling weather.

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Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our family, 2 adults and 2 children ages 4 and 10, enjoyed this experience. Allow yourself 2 hours for a return trip. Our youngest travelled in her buggy to the entrance of the tunnels . The livestock that surround the attraction are super friendly. The tour itself is fascinating, and will be enhanced so much more by the improvements that... More

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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
28 helpful votes 28 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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4 reviews 4 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
50 helpful votes 50 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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82 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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