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Stony Batter

Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
Owner description: This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We attempted to visit Stony Batter on a very wet day, assuming that as it was predominantly a 'tunnel/underground' experience the weather wouldn't matter. What we hadn't counted on was the inability to drive up to Stony Batter - we were surprised instead by a locked gate and a car park. There was no information on how far we were... More 

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We had a good look around but the self guide sheet we were given was outdated and some of the info was wrong, made getting around a bit difficult. still we had a good time and learned a lot

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Melbourne, Australia
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182 reviews 182 reviews
68 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A reasonable hilly walk to Point Battery from the car park. However take your time and enjoy the scenery, live stock munching grass, and observe the numerous native birds flying passed. Disappointingly the tunnels were closed when we got to the site, would love to look through them next time. However there is open sites available where you can see... More 

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Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

An interesting part of NZ and Waiheke history that needs more recognition and funding to improve the restoration. The walk from carpark takes about 15mins of gentle grade, through farm land. The building at entrance was in a state of a mess, with pet sheep grazing right up to the door, and rubbish left lying about the building and hoarded... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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