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“Great Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stony Batter

Stony Batter
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Owner description: This reserve includes some remnants of New Zealand's coastal defenses from World War II.
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Great Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Fantastic job done by a small dedicated group, well worth the time it took to get there. Look forward to going again in future and seeing the changes made. A lot of work done so far with very little funding, well done guys.

Visited September 2013
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“great trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Lovely views on walk up, good information from staff. Recommend that you hire one of their torches as they gave much better light than the one we took with us.

Visited September 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Nice View of Waiheke Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Went to Waiheke for a long weekend and although the journey to Stony Batter took a little longer than expected (with non-paved roads), the view and crisp air was well worth it. You truly can see the view of the sea from here and the rocks are interesting too.

Visited June 2013
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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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“Great fun and adventure-ish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

A very interesting drive to get there, viewing some beautiful scenery along the way. You'll need your own vehicle. It's a good walk from the parking area to the tunnels, but a nice walk and only gently sloping along a gravel road. You will need to bring cash to pay the entry fee - around $5 per person or $8 for a family.
Make sure to bring good quality torches, at least 1 torch between 2 people, but better would be a torch each. If you're claustraphobic, just climb the hills above the tunnels and enjoy the really magnificent views over the Hauraki Gulf and Islands. It's really spectacular.
For those brave enough to go through the tunnels, if you turn off the torch, it's REALLY REALLY DARK! Scary! :-)
The tunnels normally close by about 3 or 3.30pm each day. Very isolated. Very beautiful location and well worth the time to visit.
The drive there is around 30 minutes from the main village on the Island, Oneroa. But allow longer and stop along the way.

Visited February 2013
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“great adventure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

we visited with my 5 year old boy, and he was absolutely awestruck. this is the largest underground bunker I have been in; we took our time and read all the displays, and were underground for over an hour.
there is so much conservation and restoration work going on, I can't wait to go back and see more of the original equipment up and running.
The museum and staff reminded me just a little of Ray McCooney's "Ye Olde Hotele" (google it if you don't know what that means), which for me just added to the enjoyment!

however, the tunnels are the attraction... it makes me laugh that people can write a review without actually going into the tunnels!? it's like reviewing Disneyland when you spent 10 minutes in the carpark, then left!!
and complaining about the facilities in the same review that you complain about the price is a bit disingenuous... this is a volunteer-run trust and all money goes into the facility... the less you pay, the less they can provide.

remember that you need to bring cash and refreshments, as there are no ATMs or stores for quite a few miles, and a torch each is advisable, as are comfy walking shoes.

Visited June 2013
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